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‘He has stepped up’ – Moyes delighted with progress of Declan Rice

David Moyes admits he has been delighted with the progress of Declan Rice and says the midfielder ‘has stepped up’ for West Ham this season.

Rice has enjoyed an excellent campaign for the Hammers this term who have emerged as the Premier League’s surprise package, sitting fifth in the division at present and in contention to secure Champions League qualification.

It has been a remarkable season of improvement for a side who narrowly avoided relegation last season, with England international Rice having been at the heart of the club’s success.

The 22-year-old has captained the side for much of the season and enjoyed an impressive international break with England, winning Man of the Match accolades in World Cup qualifying wins over Albania and Poland.

Moyes has opened up on the midfielder’s continued improvement and says he is delighted with the progress Rice has made for both club and country.

“Declan [Rice] has improved no end, he is a massive player and drives us on. He has stepped up and we always thought he could do.” Moyes said at a pre-match press conference ahead of West Ham’s clash with Wolves.

“I would like more international players, we have to try and keep adding to the player we have got but the players we have are doing very well.”

West Ham travel to face Wolves at Molineux on Easter Monday, currently sitting two points adrift of fourth-place Chelsea in the race for Champions League football.

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