Declan Rice starts looking for West Ham ... an old head on young shoulders

Declan Rice starts looking for West Ham ... an old head on young shoulders

The first time I played Declan Rice in midfield was on the opening day of the season in Liverpool. West Ham was well beaten, and after the game I did not think Rice could handle that position.

He could not handle Liverpool's move and was pulled all over the field. Since then he has learned from this game and made his position in the midfield.

Rice may be just 19 years old, but when I watch him now, I see an old head on a young shoulder – a player who stands in the air and is not afraid to be aggressive. Mark Noble became lyrical when I recently spoke to the captain of West Ham.

Declan Rice has become a top performer for West Ham in the Premier League this season

Declan Rice has become a top performer for West Ham in the Premier League this season

Declan Rice has become a top performer for West Ham in the Premier League this season

His training as a center-back gives him the defensive instinct to eliminate the danger if West Ham does not have the ball.

During West Ham's brilliant victory over Burnley, he won the ball twelve times, more than any other player on the pitch at the London Stadium.

He has become more disciplined in maintaining his central position, and when his team is in possession, he falls back between the middle halves to attack his full back.

Rice has become an integral part of West Ham's midfield and can play games alone

Rice has become an integral part of West Ham's midfield and can play games alone

Rice has become an integral part of West Ham's midfield and can play games alone

Rice has all the hallmarks of Fernandinho, the anchor of Pep Guardiola's midfield Manchester City.

The Brazilian is still at his peak, but since he is 33, City will be looking for a long-term replacement.

It would not surprise me if Rice is already on the radar and plays against her in West Ham's next home game. It will be the biggest test of his young career.

He has the same attitude as Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and John Terry – players who have worked hard in training and worked tirelessly to keep improving.

Gareth Southgate should beat his door to convince him to play for England rather than for the Republic of Ireland, and Rice must also decide whether to sign a new deal with West Ham.

When young players enter the scene, it's usually creative players like Mason Mount and Jadon Sancho who stand out. The future of Rice will be just as brilliant, and it's important that he make the right decisions for his career.

The only 19-year-old rice has similar characteristics as the Fernandinho of Manchester City

The only 19-year-old rice has similar characteristics as the Fernandinho of Manchester City

The only 19-year-old rice has similar characteristics as the Fernandinho of Manchester City

What impressed me most about the Arsenal draw against Liverpool was the atmosphere of the Emirates. The fans were full of optimism and it was a floor that has changed.

This is due to Unai Emery. For the past 10 years, her fans have been calling for effort and determination on her team. Well, Arsenal does not know when to hit them.

Juan Foyth would have had to get the floor after a second penalty against wolves. It may have been a Nightmare Spurs debut, but he has to take it as a learning curve.

He now knows he has to work on his body position and how he defends One-V-Ones. Iron out these mistakes and he will come back stronger.

Callum Wilson continues to impress Bournemouth and must have a call from England

Callum Wilson continues to impress Bournemouth and must have a call from England

Callum Wilson continues to impress Bournemouth and must have a call from England

Whatever you think about Wayne Roone's recall for a farewell England hat, there's another striker I hope Gareth calls Southgate calling his team on Thursday.

Bournemouth's Callum Wilson is one of the best English forwards. As our table shows, he was involved in ten Premier League goals this season, a number only surpassed by Manchester City's Raheem Sterling.

Tempo is the key to whether a player can cut it on the international stage. England has proved against Spain that they can hurt their sides with their rapid pace good sides in the counterattack.

Wilson gives defenders nightmares when he runs for them, and is part of a team that is so attractive that it attacks the football that Southgate wants. There is also a lack of depth in England. I hope that his electric start to the season will be rewarded with a first call.

Everton fans I know are keen to sign a striker for Marco Silva in January, but they have a ready-made center forward in Richarlison. He is strong in the air and has a good mix of speed and physicality.

Think of Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry. They started out as tall men before going into the middle. Richarlison has all the qualities to do the same.

Jamie Redknapp's team of the weekend consists of Rice, Raheem Sterling and Alvaro Morata

Jamie Redknapp's team of the weekend consists of Rice, Raheem Sterling and Alvaro Morata

Jamie Redknapp's team of the weekend consists of Rice, Raheem Sterling and Alvaro Morata

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