West Ham wins in exchange for Europe
The historic revival of West Ham’s David Moyes continued tonight as the Hammers won 2-0 against Croatian giant Dinamo Moscow at Stadion Maksimir in a triumphant return to Europe after a five-year absence. Goals from fit forward Michail Antonio and England’s youngster Declan Rice sealed the three points on either side of the break when West Ham began playing in Group H away from London Stadium.
22 – At 22 years and 245 days, Declan Rice is West Ham’s youngest goalscorer in major European competition since Frank Lampard scored against NK Osijek in the 1999-00 UEFA Cup (21y 88d). Steps. pic.twitter.com/ITHO0UfyKv
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But it was Rice who stole the headlines the night, when the 22-year-old became the youngest West Ham player to find the back of the net on a European night since England icon Frank Lampard (21 / 88 days) scored against another Croatian club, NK Osijek, during the 1999-00 UEFA Cup campaign.
Rice continues to cement his stature in England and the potential return of Chelsea
Tonight was another offering in a career that has taken Declan Rice to the top of England’s pyramid with Gareth Southgate, while his star continues to rise on the home front.
The Kingston upon Thames native spent eight years at Chelsea’s Cobham Academy before being honored by the Hammers, who finished their education before Rice made his debut for the club in 2016-17 and subsequently achieved a breakthrough in the first team in 2017-18.
As of tonight, the 22-year-old has appeared 150 times for West Ham in his young but already impressive career, while capped for England twenty-six times (and scored twice), which included influential displays in a tandem at the midfield alongside Kalvin Phillips who led England to the Euro 2020 final last summer.
Rice has become a mainstay at London Stadium, but has long been linked to the interest of Chelsea, which seeks to perpetrate a comeback for the former youth talent.
Manchester United have also put their name on the Rice draw, as the club has designated it as their main target for the next summers’ shopping list.
A night like this is unforgettable for the budding England star, but it also serves as a reminder that while West Ham have brilliantly pushed the pyramid upward with David Moyes, a talent of ability and potential. de Rice will always catch everyone’s attention. the biggest fish.