Gold hits back at Keane after Rice comments

West Ham United
Declan Rice is looking for a big season with West Ham in 2019-20 and hopes to get the call to play for England this summer.

West Ham co-owner David Gold has slammed Roy Keane for the comments he made about midfielder Declan Rice during the international break.

Rice was handed his seventh England start in Sunday’s 4-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Kosovo at Stadiumi Fadil Vokrri and he played the full 90 minutes as the Three Lions finished top of Group A.

However, the West Ham midfielder, who has been an ever-present in the Premier League this season, came under fire from former Manchester United captain Keane in the post-match analysis.

The comments from the ex-Ireland assistant have been met with a largely negative response and it is claimed Keane is still finding it difficult to accept Rice’s decision to switch his international allegiances from the Republic to England.

The 20-year-old, who worked with Keane in the Ireland set-up, played three times for the Boys in Green before finally publicly deciding to pledge his future to the Three Lions in February.

In a bid to defend Rice, West Ham co-owner Gold has now had his say on the matter, saying Keane needs to “get over” the Hammers star choosing England over the ROI.

He told West Ham fan site Claret and Hugh: “Keane needs to get over it. Declan made his choice and I think that is what’s behind it as far as Keane is concerned. It’s pretty shameful when a former professional talks the way he did about a young man.

“It was low, outrageous, unfair and arrogant to pick him out of all the England players.”

Rice will return to Premier League action on Saturday when West Ham welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the London Stadium, with both managers looking for a much-needed win after coming under fire in recent weeks.

The Hammers are without a victory in their last seven matches in all competitions, which has seen them drop to 16th in the table, while Spurs are on a five-game winless run in the league and have slipped to 14th.