Declan Rice

Declan Rice (born 14 January 1999) is an English professional footballer who plays as a centre back or defensive midfielder for Premier League club West Ham United. Rice was born and raised in Kingston upon Thames, London. His paternal grandparents were from Douglas, County Cork. He grew up in Kingston upon Thames and joined the academy of Chelsea in 2006, as a seven-year-old. In 2014, after his release at the age of 14, he joined the academy of West Ham United. On 16 December 2015, just over a year after joining West Ham United at youth level, Rice signed his first professional contract with the club. Rice was called into the West Ham senior squad for the first time for the games against Sunderland and Everton in April 2017, after impressing in the under-23 team. He made his senior debut against Burnley on the last day of the 2016–17 Premier League season, coming on as a 91st-minute substitute for Edimilson Fernandes in a 2–1 away win, five days after captaining the under-23's to promotion with a 2–1 win at Newcastle United. His full senior debut came on 19 August 2017 in a 3–2 defeat at Southampton.

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Declan Rice
Rice warming up for West Ham United in 2017
Personal information
Full name Declan Rice[1]
Date of birth (1999-01-14) 14 January 1999 (age 20)[2]
Place of birth Kingston upon Thames, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[3]
Playing position Centre back / Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
West Ham United
Number 41
Youth career
2006–2014 Chelsea
2014–2015 West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015– West Ham United 50 (1)
National team
2015 Republic of Ireland U16 3 (0)
2015–2016 Republic of Ireland U17 6 (2)
2016–2017 Republic of Ireland U19 6 (0)
2017–2018 Republic of Ireland U21 5 (0)
2018 Republic of Ireland 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:08, 9 February 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:31, 6 February 2019 (UTC)

Declan Rice (born 14 January 1999) is an English professional footballer who plays as a centre back or defensive midfielder for Premier League club West Ham United.

Club career

Youth

Rice was born and raised in Kingston upon Thames, London.[4][better source needed] His paternal grandparents were from Douglas, County Cork.[5] He grew up in Kingston upon Thames and joined the academy of Chelsea in 2006, as a seven-year-old.[6][7] In 2014, after his release at the age of 14, he joined the academy of West Ham United.[8][9]

West Ham United

On 16 December 2015, just over a year after joining West Ham United at youth level, Rice signed his first professional contract with the club.[10] Rice was called into the West Ham senior squad for the first time for the games against Sunderland and Everton in April 2017, after impressing in the under-23 team.[11] He made his senior debut against Burnley on the last day of the 2016–17 Premier League season, coming on as a 91st-minute substitute for Edimilson Fernandes in a 2–1 away win,[12][13] five days after captaining the under-23's to promotion with a 2–1 win at Newcastle United.[14] His full senior debut came on 19 August 2017 in a 3–2 defeat at Southampton.[15]

In April 2018, Rice was named as runner-up for the 2017–18 Hammer of the Year award behind Marko Arnautović.[16] On 22 December, he made his 50th appearance for West Ham, the first player to do so while still a teenager since Michael Carrick.[17][18] On 28 December, Rice signed a new contract until 2024 with the option of an additional year.[19] Rice scored his first goal for West Ham, and was named man of the match, in a 1–0 win against Arsenal on 12 January 2019 in West Ham's 50th Premier League game at the London Stadium.[20]

International career

Although born in London, Rice is eligible to play for Ireland as his grandparents were from Cork.[21] On 19 March 2017, Rice was named Republic of Ireland U17 player of the year.[22] On 23 May 2017, only days after his Premier League debut, Rice was named in the Republic of Ireland squad to play friendlies against Mexico and Uruguay and a World Cup qualifier at home to Austria.[23] He made his senior debut on 23 March 2018 in a 1–0 defeat to Turkey.[24]

In August 2018, Rice was omitted from the squad to play Wales by manager Martin O'Neill who said that Rice was considering switching to play for England after being approached by them.[25] By November 2018, having been omitted from three squads selected by O'Neill, Rice said he was no closer in deciding whether to play for Ireland or England.[26] In December 2018, Rice met with new Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and his assistant, Robbie Keane. McCarthy said that Rice was a potential future captain of Ireland and that he would build the team around Rice should he decide to play for the country.[27] On 13 February 2019, Rice pledged his future to England.[28][29]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 9 February 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Other Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
West Ham United 2016–17[30] Premier League 1000000010
2017–18[31] Premier League 2601040310
2018–19[32] Premier League 2311030271
Total 501207000591
West Ham United U23/U21 2016–17[30] 2[lower-alpha 1]020
2017–18[31] 1[lower-alpha 1]010
Total 3030
Career total 501207030621
  1. 1 2 Appearance(s) in EFL Trophy

International

As of match played 2 June 2018[33]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
Republic of Ireland 201830
Total30

Honours

Individual

See also

References

  1. "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  2. "Declan Rice: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  3. "D. Rice: Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  4. O'Hehir, Paul (20 March 2018). "Declan Rice looks to good friend John Terry for guidance as he readies for Ireland debut". Irish Mirror. Reach. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  5. McDonnell, Daniel (20 March 2018). "Declan Rice: 'There's no decision to be made. If I didn't want to be playing for Ireland, I wouldn't be here'". Irish Independent. Dublin. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  6. Nash, Matthew (9 November 2018). "West Ham's Declan Rice on his rapid rise and future plans with club and country". Metro. London. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  7. Northcroft, Jonathan (2 September 2018). "Ireland anger over England's move for Declan Rice". The Times. London. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  8. Dyer, Ken (9 April 2018). "Rice proud to prove a point to Chelsea after being released". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  9. Hirst, Paul; Joyce, Paul (7 June 2018). "Declan Rice says no to West Ham United deal". The Times. London. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  10. "Declan Rice: A career timeline". West Ham United F.C. 28 December 2018. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  11. Inkersole, Sam (9 May 2017). "EXCLUSIVE: Declan Rice says he will stay level headed despite West Ham call-up". football.london. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  12. "Burnley 1–2 West Ham United". BBC Sport. 21 May 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  13. "Rice – It's a dream come true". West Ham United F.C. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  14. "Newcastle United v West Ham United". West Ham United F.C. 16 May 2017. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  15. Inkersole, Sam (19 August 2017). "Revealed:Rice starts for West Ham against Southampton and Antonio returns". football.london. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  16. "Arnautovic crowned Betway Hammer of the Year". West Ham United F.C.
  17. Inkersole, Sam (15 November 2018). "Mason's ironic cheers & Rice going mad – West Ham moments missed". football.london. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  18. "Analysis: Resilient Rice has shown age is no barrier". West Ham United F.C. 29 December 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  19. "West Ham United sign Declan Rice to new long-term contract". West Ham United F.C. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  20. Johnston, Neil (12 January 2019). "West Ham United 1–0 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  21. Fallon, John (5 October 2017). "Rice grateful to talent scout O'Toole for helping his swift rise". Irish Independent. Dublin. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  22. 1 2 3 "Winners revealed for Three FAI International Football Awards". Football Association of Ireland. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  23. Fitzmaurice, Aidan (23 May 2017). "West Ham teenager Declan Rice called into Ireland senior squad by Martin O'Neill along with Cork duo". Irish Independent. Dublin. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  24. "New faces fail to inspire Ireland in Turkey". The42.ie. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  25. "England 'have spoken to' West Ham's Declan Rice, says Martin O'Neill". The Guardian. London. Press Association. 27 August 2018.
  26. "Declan Rice: Choosing between England and Republic of Ireland not easy". BBC Sport. 9 November 2018. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  27. "Declan Rice: Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy says West Ham player could be his captain". BBC Sport. 23 December 2018. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  28. "Declan Rice pledges future to England". The Independent. 13 February 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  29. "Declan Rice: Is West Ham midfielder ready for England?". 18 February 2019 via www.bbc.co.uk.
  30. 1 2 "Games played by Declan Rice in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  31. 1 2 "Games played by Declan Rice in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  32. "Games played by Declan Rice in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  33. "Rice, Declan". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  34. "Antonio crowned Betway Hammer of the Year". West Ham United F.C. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  35. "Arnautovic crowned Betway Hammer of the Year". West Ham United F.C. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
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