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Declan Rice: ‘I don’t get fazed so easily – I’ve had to deal with a lot’

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You get that from playing in front of 60,000 at West Ham every week anyway but because of my background I don’t get fazed so easily.

On the one hand it is a dream come true for Declan Rice to be reunited with long-term friend Mason Mount in the England side, with long international careers predicted for two players still shy of their 21st birthdays.

Mount and several other friends who have subsequently reached first-team level were kept on but after six years at the club Rice suddenly had to find another.

West Ham and England midfielder takes strength from being released by Chelsea when he was 14 and like ‘Bambi on ice’ he West Ham player billed as the new Bobby Moore takes a moment to think, attempting to process a remarkable couple of years since breaking into the first team.

“When you see some of the big names who have been left out, it shows you have to be on your game constantly,” Rice says.

Yet on the other hand you only have to consider the number of changes Gareth Southgate has made since last year’s World Cup to realise nothing can be taken for granted.

“There are a lot of proud West Ham people because I am playing for England,” he says.
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