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'We are behind you': These West Ham fans backed midfielder amid criticism

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When Declan Rice gave the ball away, starting a move which ended in Kosovo’s second goal of the game against England, there was a bit of a sinking feeling for some West Ham fans.

It wasn’t even directly linked to the mistake itself, as England had already got five goals of their own, but was more about the criticism his Twitter mentions would likely be littered with.

Alas, it flooded in, but what was good to see is the way he responded to one particular post: He showed a cool head that may have alluded some players his senior, to offer a measured reply despite all of his positive contributions in the game being overlooked.

They were a pass completion rate of 91%, 2 ground duels won, 4 clearances, 3 interceptions, 2 tackles and a blocked shot, as per SofaScored, who had him down as England’s fifth-best player on the day.

So the one mistake should certainly not define his performance, as many West Ham fans have seen, deciding to back up the 20-year-old.

Rice has become a very popular figure among the Hammers faithful and it is times like this where it shows.

A selection of Twitter reaction to Declan Rice’s post can be seen below:
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