By Saikat Mandal

19th Nov, 2022 | 2:10pm

David Moyes raves about West Ham United star Declan Rice as World Cup prediction made

David Moyes has showered praise on West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice ahead of England’s World Cup campaign in Qatar.

While writing his column for The Times, Moyes said that both Rice and Lucas Paqueta are “key components” for their respective international teams, England and Brazil.

The Hammers boss has suggested that England have a “very good” chance of lifting the World cup trophy in Qatar, adding Rice is as good as any midfielder in the world.

“I have the added interest of being club manager to two footballers — Declan Rice and Lucas Paqueta — who are each key components in teams that will contend for the trophy,” wrote Moyes.

“England have a very good chance and Brazil are my favourites but this World Cup is very open — one of the hardest ever to call. Here are a few things, and players, I’ll be looking out for when it gets underway.

“The global projection of the Premier League, in fact, could help England. Opponents may be in awe of their players, not the other way round. And England do possess some of the very best around. I see Harry Kane being as good as any striker, I see Declan Rice being as good as any midfielder in the world.”

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All eyes will be on Rice and how he performs in the World Cup. 

The England international has grown into one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, and the stage is perfectly set for him to make an impact at the highest level. 

Rice was brilliant in the Euros as well, but he has taken his game to a whole new level in the last two years. He is a guaranteed starter under Gareth Southgate, and his performance in midfield could shape England’s fate in this tournament. 

There is also another incentive for the Hammers fans to pray for Rice to dazzle. If Rice enjoys a fantastic World Cup, West Ham can increase their valuation on the player next summer, if potential suitors come calling. 

Paqueta has been an important player for Brazil for some time now. Since joining the Hammers in the summer on a big-money deal, he has been decent at best, but playing for the national team could bring the best out of him.

A strong performance in the World Cup will probably give him the confidence needed to shine in the Premier League in the second half of the campaign.