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Declan Rice opens up on ever-improving West Ham and England form - ‘I have pretty much grown into a man now’

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  • West Ham United
    West Ham United
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  • Declan Rice
    English association football player
  • David Moyes
    David Moyes
    Football Manager

Declan Rice has revealed he feels he’s added to his game as West Ham United continue their trajectory under the stewardship of David Moyes.

Proving last season was no fluke, the team are flying high on both a domestic and a European front this time around, with the England international at the heart of all that is good in East London.

One of few players coming off the back of the Three Lions’ run to the Euro 2020 final last summer to have carried on in a rich vein of form, Rice continues to impress.

While goals and assists are by no means the only metrics from which to measure improvements, the 22-year-old has already overtaken his tally of goal contributions last season, emerging as a much more expansive midfielder than perhaps he was given credit for.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Rice has opened up on how he views his game.

“I have always had this ability in my mind, everyone’s always told me, but I have been adding to it, season on season, and I feel like this season I have matured, I have pretty much grown into a man now,” he said.

“I have been doing things that people obviously didn’t think I could do on a football pitch, but I have known myself I can do it. It’s just building the foundations to keep improving and getting better.

“My Dad always says it to me. When I step on the pitch, he says ‘what have you got to lose?’ And I have that mindset. It’s like ‘I have got 90 minutes here, why am I going to hold myself back? Why am I going to limit myself?’

“Now I am being compared to so many top players, and if you want to be a top player you need to be in the game all the time. I am thinking now that, when I go out on the football pitch, I am being constantly watched and I need to try and be the best player on the pitch every time I go out there.”

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