By Beck Pascal

14th Jan, 2022 | 9:10pm

David Moyes shares how Declan Rice can 'keep on improving' for West Ham

West Ham boss David Moyes has addressed Declan Rice’s sudden rise in form on the midfielder’s 23rd birthday. 

Rice has been the Hammers standout performer over the last couple of seasons, earning him a much-deserved England call up. 

Moyes claimed his midfielder has built solid foundations and can ‘keep on improving’ as he spoke to the media ahead of the Irons second clash with Leeds in one week.

“In the last two years he’s stepped up, he’s stepped up his leadership and stepped up his play.” Moyes said in his pre-Leeds United press conference.

“You don’t get recognised for the national team if you don’t play well for your club side and he’s played really well for West Ham.

“He can keep improving and we’re on him all the time to do that.

“Captaining West Ham is a big deal when you look at the players who have captained this Club. 

“He has a role model to look up to in Mark Noble and we hope he can keep carrying it and keep on improving.”

Generational talent

You have to remind yourselves that Rice is only 23 years old as of today. He has been a stalwart in the West Ham midfield after making his debut aged 20. 

Irons fans have been aware of his quality from a very young age but his impressive form over the last couple of seasons has forced the rest of English football to take notice. 

His impressive displays throughout the whole of the Euros really showed how far this kid could go. He wasn’t just shining in a West Ham side, or making one or two impressive cameo appearances, the Londoner excelled. 

He was one of the nation’s stand out performers, despite absolutely no major tournament experience, which led to a lot of interest from some of the best teams in the world. 

He is a very special player and hopefully he follows in Noble’s footsteps and stays with the Hammers until the end of his career. 

In other Hammers news, Moyes shares the West Ham team news ahead of Leeds United clash.