This is part of a regular series from our panel of West Ham Super Fans. Each week, our Super Fans will deliver their verdicts on the biggest talking points and news stories around the London Stadium.
It seems that each time Declan Rice pulls on England’s famous Three Lions, the West Ham midfielder becomes a target for fans on social media.
Rice, 22, made his 14th England appearance on Sunday in the 2-0 win against Albania, winning the player of the match award in the process.
Thank you to everyone that voted! Always appreciated. Now looking to end the week strong on Wednesday. Let’s go🏴🦁 pic.twitter.com/QehJdphMcQ
— Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) March 29, 2021
However, the Hammers ace stills finds himself the subject of criticism from non-West Ham fans who follow England.
It seems the midfielder faces the impossible task of winning over all England supporters.
But our panel of West Ham Super Fans have jumped to the defence of Rice, hitting out at the sections of England fans who have it in for the ex-Ireland international.
Here is what they had to say:
Annette Smith (@Annette46557317)
James Houlden (@JamesHoulden98)
Mark Smith (@ironworks68)
Teddy Isaacs (@T_dIsaacs)
Lena Starr (@LenaWHU)
Kevin Vince (@Kevinvince63)
One of the major caveats to seeing your team’s player get called up for England duty is that they usually receive a torrent of criticism.
It’s mainly from fans who are unable to put aside their club affinity in order to support everyone playing for their country.
Or you could see a lot of jealously, which might explain why a lot of Leeds fans always want to try and compare Rice with Kalvin Phillips.
They’re different types of holding midfielders but it seems that all deep-lying central players get more flak than others.
Rice does a lot good but when England are playing poor teams like Albania or San Marino, there are some unrealistic fans who expect all players to spray cross-field diagonal passes, assist goals and score goals themselves.
That’s the big issue with social media, pretty much everyone thinks they’re an expert.
In other West Ham news, Frank McAvennie is adamant Rice will stay at the club.