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Exclusive: Moyes wants Rice to become leader in mould of Keane and Adams


Rice made his 50th appearance as West Ham captain in Sunday’s FA Cup win over Leeds and will lead out the Hammers against Norwich on Wednesday as they seek a win that would take them back into the top four.

The midfielder has become a leader for club and country at the age of just 22 and been the driving force behind West Ham’s push for Champions League qualification this season.

Rice reached 150 Premier League appearances on New Year’s Day and, after a brilliant Euro 2020, looks set to be a key player for England at the World Cup later this year.

“I think he’s improving as a leader,” Moyes told Standard Sport.

“He’s taking on more responsibility. I sort of demand of him [to be] driving the training, driving the levels.

“The thing that Declan has got to his advantage is that he gets to see Harry Kane in training, Raheem Sterling and Harry Maguire. A chance to see the real top boys training and the levels, and a chance to see their mentality.

“There are a lot of players at these clubs who have got a real strong mentality and I want Declan to gain that for us.

“I look back at people who are great captains, Roy Keane and Tony Adams. People who drove teams and clubs on and were remembered.

“Mark Noble has played a huge part behind the scenes and Dec has probably been able to sit there and watch him and listen to him, see how he acts, because Nobes has been a great captain and a great leader. I hope Declan uses the opportunities he is getting to pick it up.”

Outlining where Rice can still improve, Moyes wants him to learn to dictate games.

Moyes said: “Declan’s captaincy and his responsibility and his respect comes from his play.

“His play has been at such a high level, he has played so well. He plays in a position in the midfield where you can help control and talk. He needs to get a little bit more vocal in how things are done, he needs to take even more responsibility.


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