Pellegrini tips Rice for England

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West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini feels Declan Rice has much still to learn but is already good enough to play for England.

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini feels Declan Rice has much still to learn but is already good enough to play for England.

Rice recently made the decision to represent the Three Lions at full international level, having played for the Republic of Ireland at four different age groups.

He did make three senior appearances for the men in green but, as none of the matches were competitive fixtures, he was free to switch to the land of his birth.

The 20-year-old Kingston-born schemer has impressed with his displays for the London Stadium outfit this term, scoring a couple of goals from 30 outings in all competitions.

Hammers chief Pellegrini says although he is already an all-round professional, Rice still has room to improve.

‘He’s a complete player,’ said the Chilean.

‘That is a player who, for me, is the best English holding midfielder.

The other important thing is he is trying to learn every day.

‘He’s a young player who has just started his career.

He must try to continue listening, keep doing the things he does every day, play and get the experience he needs.

‘ It remains to be seen if England boss Gareth Southgate selects him for March’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro.

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