Declan Rice

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Declan Rice
Declan Rice.jpg
Rice warming up for West Ham United in April 2017
Personal information
Full name Declan Rice[1]
Date of birth (1999-01-14) 14 January 1999 (age 19)
Place of birth London, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Playing position Centre-back, defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
West Ham United
Number 41
Youth career
2006–2014 Chelsea
2014–2017 West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017– West Ham United 41 (0)
National team
2015 Republic of Ireland U16 3 (0)
2015–2016 Republic of Ireland U17 6 (2)
2016– Republic of Ireland U19 6 (0)
2017– 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 20:10, 15 December 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 03:21, 3 June 2018 (UTC)

Declan Rice (born 14 January 1999) is a professional footballer who plays for West Ham United and the Republic of Ireland as a centre-back or defensive midfielder.[3]

Club career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Rice was born in London to English parents. His grandparents on his father's side were from Douglas, County Cork.[4] He grew up in Kingston upon Thames and joined the academy of Chelsea in 2006, as a seven-year-old.[5][6] In 2014, after his release at the age of 14, he joined the academy of West Ham United.[7][8]

West Ham United[edit]

Rice was called into the West Ham United senior squad for the first time for the games against Sunderland and Everton in April 2017, after impressing in West Ham's under-23 team.[9] He made his senior debut for West Ham 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,[10][11] five days after captaining the under-23's to promotion with a 2–1 win at Newcastle United.[12] His full senior debut came on 19 August 2017 in a 3–2 defeat at Southampton.[13] In April 2018, he was named as runner-up for the 2017–18 Hammer of the Year award behind Marko Arnautović.[14]

International career[edit]

Although born in London, Rice is eligible to play for Ireland as his grandparents were from Cork.[15] On 19 March 2017, Rice was named Republic of Ireland U17 player of the year.[16] 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.[17] He made his senior debut on 23 March 2018 in a 1–0 defeat to Turkey.[18]

International decision[edit]

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.[19] 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.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 15 December 2018
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Ham United 2016–17[21] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2017–18[22] 26 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 31 0
2018–19[23] 14 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 17 0
Career total 41 0 1 0 7 0 0 0 49 0

Honours[edit]

Individual

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Declan Rice". football-wonderkids.co.uk. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Declan Rice". West Ham United F.C. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  4. ^ 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'". The Irish Independent. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Northcroft, Jonathan (2 September 2018). "Ireland anger over England's move for Declan Rice". The Times. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  7. ^ Dyer, Ken (9 April 2018). "Rice proud to prove a point to Chelsea after being released". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  8. ^ Hirst, Paul; Joyce, Paul (7 June 2018). "Declan Rice says no to West Ham United deal". The Times. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  9. ^ Inkersole, Sam (9 May 2017). "EXCLUSIVE: Declan Rice says he will stay level headed despite West Ham call-up". Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Burnley 1–2 West Ham United". BBC Sport. 21 May 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Rice — It's a dream come true". West Ham United F.C. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Newcastle United v West Ham United". West Ham United. 16 May 2017. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  13. ^ Inkersole, Sam (19 August 2017). "Revealed:Rice starts for West Ham against Southampton and Antonio returns". Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Arnautovic crowned Betway Hammer of the Year". West Ham United F.C.
  15. ^ Fallon, John (5 October 2017). "Rice grateful to talent scout O'Toole for helping his swift rise". The Irish Independent. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  16. ^ a b c "Winners revealed for Three FAI International Football Awards". fai.ie. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  17. ^ "West Ham teenager Declan Rice called into Ireland senior squad by Martin O'Neill along with Cork duo – Independent.ie". Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  18. ^ "New faces fail to inspire Ireland in Turkey". The42.ie. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  19. ^ Association, Press (27 August 2018). "England 'have spoken to' West Ham's Declan Rice, says Martin O'Neill". The Guardian.
  20. ^ "Declan Rice: Choosing between England and Republic of Ireland not easy". 9 November 2018. Retrieved 10 November 2018 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  21. ^ "Games played by Declan Rice in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  22. ^ "Games played by Declan Rice in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  23. ^ "Games played by Declan Rice in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  24. ^ "Antonio crowned Betway Hammer of the Year". West Ham United F.C. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  25. ^ "Arnautovic crowned Betway Hammer of the Year". West Ham United F.C. Retrieved 25 Apr 2018.

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