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West Ham captain Rice: I just love playing with Jude

West Ham captain Declan Rice has no doubts about the future of Borussia Dortmund youngster Jude Bellingham.

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."



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