By Adefunmiloye Alani

14th Oct, 2021 | 10:06am

Jack Wilshere impressed by Declan Rice's development

Jack Wilshere has showered praise on West Ham United ace Declan Rice having witnessed his swift development over the years.

The free-agent spent two years with the Hammers before getting released in the summer of 2020, and he has been impressed with the fact that the 22-year-old England international has grown in leaps and bounds.

Rice has established himself as an important player for both club and country, becoming a part of Gareth Southgate’s starting XI and impressing during the European Championship in the summer.

Wilshere is not surprised by any of these, telling talkSPORT Daily podcast: “He has got better every year.

“He had a really good Euros, like he was one of England’s best players and he has taken that into this season

“Technically, he’s so good. When he gets into them positions, whether it’s his left foot or right foot, he’s got the opportunity to score because he can use both feet just as good.

“And he’s so fit. There’s not a problem with him getting into the box and then recovering into that defensive position because he’s a freak physically, he can do anything.”

Top player

In his prime, Wilshere was one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, putting in world-class performances in the Champions League against the Barcelonas and co while at Arsenal.

He surely knows one or two things about what it takes to be a top player in the middle of the park, and it is not surprising to see that he has been blown away by Rice.

Wilshere saw the youngster regularly in training during his time at East London, and would have known all along that he was going to turn out very good.

West Ham are hoping to retain the services of their academy graduate, but the bigwigs are regularly watching him and are expected to come in with bids next summer.

David Moyes’ side have to be able to match his ambitions to have any chance of holding on to him, and winning silverware this term and qualifying for next season’s Champions League will be a good place to start.

In other West Ham news, a billionaire-owned club wants to swoop for Hammers player whenever he looks to quit.

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