DECLAN RICE played a pivotal role in helping England to the final of Euro 2020 two summers ago.
Declan Rice will play a key role for England at the World Cup[/caption]
Rice has been compared to Manchester United legend Roy Keane[/caption]
And an excellent campaign in the heart of Gareth Southgate’s midfield would see Rice go a long way to proving he’s worth the big bucks.
The Hammers man himself has been linked with a big money move to the Red Devils.
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Chelsea are also believed to be keen on snapping up Rice, who’s West Ham deal expires in 2024.
And Carragher wrote: “Pigeon-holing Rice as a modern ‘No 6’ is not accurate, though. He reminds me of the marauding box-to-box midfielders of the mid-90s such as Roy Keane.”
“As a youngster, when I said ‘I play in midfield’ there was no specification as to whether I was the No 6 or No 8. Rice, like Keane and [Graeme] Souness, is so good because he is basically a combination of both profiles.”
Like Keane, Rice is captain material, with Carragher claiming the midfielder will succeed Harry Kane as the next captain of his country.
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But Rice will have to prove himself on the biggest stage, in Qatar, to prove he’s worth £100m or more.
Carragher continued: “Rice’s ‘problem’ in convincing a club to pay over £100m for him is that modern coaches, certainly at the elite level, want their central players in those defined roles.
“They are less keen on midfielders who run here, there and everywhere as they do not want to compromise the team shape.
“And, naturally, they will allocate most of the transfer budget to those who play higher up the pitch.”
He added: “West Ham fans will not appreciate me suggesting the World Cup is a useful shop window for Rice.”
The midfielder started every game in the run to the final of the Euros and, fitness permitting, is likely to do the same as the Three Lions search for a first World Cup triumph since 1966 in Qatar.