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Rooney predicts West Ham midfielder Rice to become England mainstay

Wayne Rooney thinks West Ham United star Declan Rice can become one of England's first choice midfielders.

The 21-year-old has been selected for the upcoming Nations League fixtures against Iceland and Denmark.

"The biggest gap England have is in the middle - after Jordan Henderson, who is recovering from injury, they have no other established, top-class midfielder," England legend Rooney told The Times.

"It is the position where England are most lacking. I'd like somebody to make that spot alongside Jordan their own. It is why Gareth brought in Kalvin Phillips and the Leeds youngster deserves his chance.

"Declan Rice has the ability and character to do it. It's a big season for him. After a couple of good campaigns at West Ham and showing promise for England, can he cement his spot?"

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