Declan Rice is certainly a player who will feature for Ireland in the future. The 18-year-old Ireland U21 star has been making quite the name for himself this year at West Ham.
Frequently featuring for the Hammers of late, Rice made his third Premier League start today against leaders Manchester City. The London club certainly made life difficult for their hosts, taking the lead before half-time.
Although Pep Guardiola’s side did secure the three points, there were plenty of positives for West Ham in defeat, not least the showing of Declan Rice.
— DR (@_DeclanRice) December 3, 2017
The Irishman put in a resounding display and won plaudits.
You were one of the biggest positives today. Keep it up and you'll be the 1st name on the team sheet in no time
— Dan Loughlin (@danlough90) December 3, 2017
You were excellent again. Deserve to keep your place ⚒
— ⚒ Jack Himself ⚒ (@jackgambardella) December 3, 2017
Great game and you played amazing! The fight was there throughout the whole match. A rising star in the making, keep up the good work!
— Ellie Faye (@elliefaye1991) December 3, 2017
Declan Rice had Aguero in his pocket today
— Fergus ?????????????? (@Fergus_WHU) December 3, 2017
— Daily West Ham (@DailyWestHam) December 3, 2017
@_DeclanRice was a bloody star today. He put a real mans shift in
Well done Dec
— John Spencer (@Spencerjohn7) December 3, 2017
@_DeclanRice You were superb today, didn’t look like an 18 year old up against world class players. You looked the equal of your opposition. Well done mate, build on it and you’ll be one if the first names on the team sheet. ??⚒
— Chalks1970 (@chalks_) December 3, 2017
Pretty impressed by Declan Rice today for West Ham. 18 years old and didn’t seem phased whatsoever coming up against Aguero, Silva etc. Definitely one to keep an eye on!
— freeflow (@freeflowblog) December 3, 2017
Declan Rice really impressed today. Not bad for an 18 year old against Aguero!
— Adam Casey (@Adamsoitis) December 3, 2017
Rice will be eager to build on the experience and get more starts under his belt. With the long run-up to the Euro 2020 qualifiers, don’t be surprised to see him make his debut for Ireland in the coming months.