As far as midfield role models go, this quartet is hard to beat.
Rice has established himself as one of the Premier League’s finest young midfielders, attracting interest from Chelsea during the summer.
The 21-year-old has also cemented his place in the England team after switching his allegiance from Ireland in 2019, with 13 caps to his name already.
And Rice admits that he honed his skills by studying some of the Premier League’s greatest midfielders, including Keane, Claude Makelele, Patrick Vieira and Yaya Toure.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Rice said: “I watched the top players like Yaya Toure and Patrick Vieira and every time they see a bit of space, they’d drive into it and look powerful and strong and as a holding midfielder that’s rare these days, so if I can keep adding that into my game, I can keep catching the eye.
‘They never overcomplicated things’
“They, as well as [Roy] Keane and [Claude] Makelele, were wonderful footballers but they never overcomplicated things and knew what their games were and knew what their weaknesses were, and I do too.
“I think some fans are calling on social media for me to get the ball off Lukasz Fabianski and run the whole length of the pitch and score with the back of my head, but that’s not my job!
“My job is to protect the team, have good positional awareness, get on the ball, keep it simple and keep it ticking.
“I know what my strengths are and what to base my game around.”
Rice was coached by Keane for a brief time during their spell together in the Ireland set-up when Keane was Martin O’Neill’s assistant.
And while the Hammers favourite has played in defence for David Moyes’ side, he believes he is best suited to a midfield role.