Declan Rice made his England debut in the 5-0 victory over the Czech Republic at Wembley on Friday night.
The West Ham starlet replaced Dele Alli in the 63rd minute, making his debut appearance for the England national football team.
Rice has recently switched international allegiance from the Republic of Ireland to England and his excellent performances for the Hammers earned him the first call up from Gareth Southgate earlier this month.
“I’m really happy, as you can see!” Declan Rice told West Ham TV. “To make my debut here tonight in front of 80,000 fans, and to have my family here; my girlfriend, my brothers, it’s special and to get the victory as well; I can’t really put it into words, but it’s a special night.
“I probably won’t think about it for a couple of days and then it will hit me. The manager just pulled me over and said: ‘look, go out there and do what you’ve been doing for your club. You deserve this and go out there and do what you’ve been doing.’
“Obviously, Raheem [Sterling] scored and then he said: ‘You know what, go and enjoy it even more.’ That’s what I tried to do and to win 5-0 was special.
“It was a really good introduction. I just wanted to go on and steady the score. I was lucky enough to have [Jordan] Henderson and [Ross] Barkley next to me. It was really good.”
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Declan Rice has also praised Gareth Southgate’s man-management and said that the manager of the Three Lions gives him the confidence to go out and express himself.
“You hear a lot of stuff about how good he is at man-management and how he is with the players, and I have to say he has been top drawer with me.
“He gives you the confidence to go out and play, and he wants you to express yourself.
“You see tonight he gave Callum Hudson-Odoi his debut as well. He is not afraid, and I think that is really good for the young English players coming through.”
The 20-year old has made 55 appearances in the Premier League. He has established himself as one of the most talented midfielders in English football.