At 23, Rice is four years Bellingham's senior but has already been suitably impressed by the third-youngest player in England's history.
"When I've played with Jude, I loved it," England midfielder Rice said ahead of the Nations League double-header against Italy and Germany.
"Obviously it takes time to gel with a partner, you're not going to get that connection straight away. But over time you do and even with all the other midfielders in the squad, I hope that we can go on for the next 10 years and create a special, special bond in the middle of the pitch.
"I hope everyone does well because that's what you need. You need a squad and you need everyone to be at it and you need to be ready whenever you're called upon."