15 Facts About Declan Rice

1. Declan Rice was born on 14 January 1999 and is an English professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder or centre-back for Premier League club West Ham United and the England national team.

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2. Declan Rice grew up in Kingston upon Thames and joined the academy of Chelsea in 2006, as a seven-year-old.

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3. On 16 December 2015, just over a year after joining West Ham United at youth level, Declan Rice signed his first professional contract with the club.

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4. Declan Rice received his first call-up to the West Ham senior squad for the games against Sunderland and Everton in April 2017, after impressing in the under-23 team.

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5. On 28 December 2018, Declan Rice signed a new contract until 2024 with the option of an additional year.

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6. Declan Rice was in the Premier League's top five players for both tackles and interceptions leading West Ham players in both categories and making more passes than any other West Ham player.

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7. On 9 May 2022, Declan Rice was named as Hammer of the Year for a second time.

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8. On 19 March 2017, Declan Rice was named Republic of Ireland U17 player of the year.

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9. On 23 May 2017, only days after his Premier League debut, Declan 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.

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10. In December 2018, Declan Rice met with new Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and his assistant, Robbie Keane.

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11. McCarthy said that Declan Rice was a potential future captain of Ireland and that he would build the team around Declan Rice should he decide to play for the country.

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12. On 13 February 2019, Declan Rice pledged his future to England.

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13. Declan Rice was the first player to play for both countries since Jack Reynolds in the 1890s.

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14. Declan Rice was named in the England squad for UEFA Euro 2020.

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15. Declan Rice played in all of England's seven games in Euro 2020 where they lost in the final to Italy.

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