West Ham United star Declan Rice misses England training session on Tuesday
Declan Rice missed England training on Tuesday after worries emerged over the workload of the West Ham captain, according to the Daily Mail.
The Hammers midfielder has played in every game he has been eligible for this season, completing 90 minutes in all but one where he was substituted on 63 minutes in the UEFA Europa Conference League.
As a key player he was still called up to the England squad for Gareth Southgate in preparation for the World Cup later this year, but a report on 20 September shared that the 23-year-old didn’t take part in the main session.
“This will be the last opportunity for a number of players to impress before Southgate names his squad for Qatar, but Henderson, Rice and Bellingham were not present for training as a precaution so that their workloads could be managed.
“Henderson, Rice and Bellingham were all pictured taking part in the warm-up, but sat out the main session later on.”
Obviously Rice is incredibly important to both club and country and his performances over the last few years have shown just how good he can be.
But there is a genuine concern that he could be getting burnt out already after breaking into first-team football as a youngster and barely ever missing a game, with his form this season suffering already.
He is so reliable and consistent that he is often the first name on the team sheet for David Moyes and Southgate, with his energy and stamina a huge part of what makes him so good at breaking up play in central midfield.
However if extra care isn’t taken then he could end up suffering injury or simply shortening his playing career like Wayne Rooney did, who was finished at the top level before he was 30-years-old and retired when he was just 35.
Thankfully England are being really careful and ideally West Ham will start to be too with such a hectic schedule to come this season.