A closer look at new England midfielder Declan Rice


West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has been called up to the England squad for the first time for the forthcoming Euro 2020 Qualifiers.

Gareth Southgate has picked the 20-year-old in his squad for England’s games against the Czech Republic and Montenegro later this month.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at Rice’s career so far.

West Ham debut

Having been included in a couple of matchday squads towards the end of the 2016-17 season, Rice made his senior debut against Burnley at Turf Moor on the final day of that campaign – coming on as a stoppage-time substitute in a 2–1 win. His full senior debut came at the beginning of the following season in a 3–2 defeat at Southampton.

First goal

Rice scored his first career goal two days before his 20th birthday on January 12 this year to fire West Ham to a 1-0 home win over Arsenal. He struck three minutes into the second half, when Granit Xhaka made a mess of clearing a cross and Samir Nasri tapped the ball to Rice, who gleefully curled it home.

Ireland award

Republic of Ireland v Israel – 2019 UEFA Under 21 Qualifying – Group Five – Tallaght Stadium
Declan Rice made his debut for Republic of Ireland against Turkey in March 2018 (Niall Carson/PA)


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