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Declan Rice: Club legend likens West Ham wonderkid to Rio Ferdinand and believes he is good enough for England

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Former West Ham player Alvin Martin has likened Declan Rice to former Hammer Rio Ferdinand.

But Martin believes Rice is more than capable of playing for the Three Lions.



“He’s going to cost a lot more now that he’s just signed a long-term contract so West Ham are in a really great position.



“I used to look at Rio Ferdinand at West Ham and think ‘I can’t believe Manchester United or Arsenal didn’t come in and get him [until after he signed for Leeds]’ “Because if you come and get him two or three years down the line then you’re going to have to pay a lot more money for him.

And Martin, who played for the east London club between 1976-96, echoed these views and believes the top sides in the Premier League should seriously consider trying to buy Rice in the summer.

Martin added: “Declan, I believe, is someone who is destined to play for England if it’s heart’s in it.

“This doesn’t please me to say this but I think now the bigger clubs in the division will be looking at him and thinking ‘he will fit in to our team’ – a team that’s looking to win the title.” “That’s the sort of player I think he’s got the potential to be.
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