Top 5 best-ever West Ham academy products

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3 Jan 1998: Rio Ferdinand (left) of West Ham United celebrates the opening goal by Frank Lampard #18 during the FA Cup round three tie against non league opposition, Emley Town at Upton Park in London. West Ham United won the match 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Ross Kinnaird /Allsport

Today we’ll talk about the players who graduated in West Ham’s football academy and went on to become real stars in the game.

Dubbed as the “Academy of Football”, West Ham were probably the best in the early 2000s.

Jermaine Defoe, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Paul Ince, Mark Noble – all of these players started their journey in football at the famous Upton Park.

Noble is the only one who stayed with the Hammers, as he is currently captaining the club in his 15th season at West Ham.

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Declan Rice is the latest sensation of their renowned academy. The 20-year old defensive midfielder has already played 64 games for the club, establishing himself as one of the most promising players in the Premier League.

He made his debut for the England national team on Friday night, after previously winning the Irish Young Player of the Year award.

But Rice has a long way to go in his career to be considered as one of the best products of the West Ham academy.

You’re wondering who are the best five? Check out our list and find out.