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“People forget how young he is”: Jack Wilshere heaps praise on Declan Rice after Europa Conference League win

The 24-year-old England international achieved a send-off that few could have dreamed after the Hammers ended their decades-long trophy drought ahead of a highly-anticipated summer move

England international midfielder Declan Rice is on the cusp of a possible career-defining move during the summer transfer window, with the 24-year-old being tracked by some of the biggest clubs in the world.

But before one of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, or Bayern Munich will be set to welcome the London native into the fold, the West Ham United star forever etched his name in Hammers lore after captaining the side to a Europa Conference League win last night over Fiorentina, ending the club’s decades-long silverware drought.

Though so much of the attention surrounding Rice has been regarding what is to be his next port of call, for former Arsenal star Jack Wilshere, Rice deserves every ounce of recognition that has come his way after he emerged as one of the premier midfielders arguably anywhere in Europe.

In video sourced by Football Daily, Wilshere heaped praise on Rice for being a leading light for West Ham across the last two seasons, which culminated in European success for both the club and a career-first for veteran manager David Moyes.

“As Jermaine [Defoe] said, people forget how young he is. He has been sort of carrying that club for the last two seasons. Noble stepped down as captain last season, he took over, won a trophy…what he’s doing for England…and the best thing about him is he is such a good person; such a good kid. He deserves everything he gets.”

And ahead of what is anticipated to be a record transfer sale for West Ham as the Hammers look to receive £100m in exchange for passing him up the English footballing ladder, a chance at even greater success surely awaits him.

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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