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Rice reminds me of Kante and Makelele, says Antonio

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West Ham United winger Michail Antonio says teammate Declan Rice reminds him of French players N’Golo Kante and Claude Makelele.

Rice produced a man-of-the-match performance and scored his first goal for West Ham in their 1-0 home victory against Arsenal on Saturday, and Antonio was full of praise for the 19-year-old.

“The thing is, people don’t notice how much he breaks up the game,” Antonio told Sky Sports.

“No one goes past him in training, it’s very frustrating. He’s built, he’s strong, he’s got long legs, he just gets in there.

“He just breaks everything up, full-back goes up he goes out wide to deal with it, he reminds me of N’Golo Kante and Claude Makelele, up there.

“He breaks things up, gets the team ticking over, keeps it moving and every now and then he can pop up every now and again with a goal.”

Rice will turn 20 on Monday and has made 55 appearances for West Ham so far.