In response to Roy Keane’s criticism of Declan Rice, West Ham manager David Moyes has expressed his belief that the midfielder will eventually become the captain of the England team, writes the Standard.
Keane had suggested that Rice needed to do more to justify the interest in him, even in a struggling team like West Ham, during the team’s fifth-round FA Cup defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
There is reportedly interest in the 24-year-old from Arsenal, and Chelsea, where he played as a youth player.
Moyes, speaking at a press conference before West Ham’s match against Brighton this weekend, acknowledged that there is still room for improvement for his team’s captain.
Moyes said: “I think Declan has been an amazing player for us – 40 England caps, I have no doubt he will be an England captain in the future,”
“I believe he will play at the highest level in the future, we hope it is at West Ham, that would be our choice.
“[Keane] was one of the best midfielders of his generation so he can spot a good player. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Dec is not a finished player but he will improve.”