Pellegrini hailed his starlet Rice as a complete player.
He said: “Yes. I think he is ready to play for England and I think that we are just starting the development of him as a player.
“But at this moment his performances are better than every holding midfielder. I am talking about the English players.
“Maybe there are other foreign players in big teams that are also playing well like Fernandinho but I repeat we are just starting, seeing what will be with Declan in the future."