Declan Rice has ‘gone to another level’, says West Ham teammate Jarrod Bowen

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Declan Rice has ‘gone to another level’, says West Ham teammate Jarrod Bowen
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West Ham star Jarrod Bowen believes teammate Declan Rice has “gone to another level” with his superb form this season and says the “sky’s the limit” for the England international.

Rice enjoyed a stellar European Championships with England and has continued that momentum into the new season with his club.

The 22-year-old has been an integral part of David Moyes side as they have progressed in Europe and the Carabao Cup while also pushing into the Premier League’s top four.

As well as some superb all-round displays, Rice has added numbers to his game, with three goals and three assists in 14 games in all competitions.

“Dec’s gone on to another level,” Bowen said in an interview with The Times. “The sky’s the limit for him. You saw it in the Euros, and you’ve seen it again this season, he’s starting to score more.

“I see him striking the ball out on the training pitch every single day and that goal against Aston Villa was an example of that. And look at the goal against Rapid Vienna, where he was at the back stick like a box-to-box midfielder, he’s added that to his game as well.”

Rice is not alone in having excelled under Moyes, with Bowen back to his best after a slightly subdued start to the season.

The 24-year-old has been touted for an England call-up but was overlooked by Gareth Southgate this week, the Three Lions manager boasting so many options in attacking areas that the likes of Jadon Sancho and Jesse Lingard - fixtures in recent squads - were left out.

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“It’s hard to say I’m ‘disappointed’ when you look at the names of the players in that squad,” Bowen added. “Yes, I feel like I’ve started the season well. To be disappointed that I’m not in the England squad just shows how far I’ve come.

“It’s a target, of course it is. My main aim when I signed here was to continue playing in the Premier League and show what I’m about. To even be speaking about England, I’ve not even been here two years yet. To be talking about being in the England team is a credit to myself — and to everyone around me as well.”

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