Mark Noble says he loves Declan Rice

The two footballers are getting along just well in the English Premier League side West Ham United, and Rice has proven to be national team material.

Mark Noble and Declan Rice have been playing together now for a while in English Premier League side West Ham United.

And Noble knows the youngster has been doing great things for the club and deserves his call-up to the England national team.

“It would have been a big surprise had Gareth Southgate not picked Declan and I am sure that, should he hopefully steer clear of injuries, he is on the threshold of a long international career,” Noble wrote on The Standard.

“His profile will rise appreciably but I’ve no worries about Declan. He won’t get carried away — he knows there will be some tough times ahead but I am sure he will cope.”

I don’t think his call-up will faze him one bit. He’ll be nervous but that’s a good thing,” he added.

“He’s played more than 50 Premier League games and for the Republic of Ireland against France on the big stage. He knows what it’s like and it’s not as if he’s being thrown straight in the deep end.”

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“Playing with better players makes you better. You thrive on that,” Noble explained.

“Playing with top players at West Ham — and when I represented the England Under-21 team — made me a better player because people are on your wavelength.”

“Declan’s only 20 — younger than the great Bobby Moore was when he made his senior international debut — but there is no chance he will freeze or be starstruck,” he said.

“A few years ago, when Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, John Terry — big characters, big personalities — were in the England team, Declan might have been a little overawed but the game has changed a lot even in that short time.”

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