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West Ham defender Rice amazed by Man Utd striker Rashford in England training

West Ham United star Declan Rice admitted he was awestruck by the ability of Marcus Rashford when training with England.

Rice is now a prominent part of the Three Lions team under Gareth Southgate.

The 21-year-old is also an ever present for the Hammers in defensive midfield.

Rice admits it is great training with England, and singled Rashford out for praise.

"I remember I got there and my first training session was in the evening it was a group of us on a Sunday night, a few of the lads were doing recovery, there was 11 of us, and even though there was only 11 the standard was ridiculous. [Raheem] Sterling, Rashford, Kane, I couldn't believe my eyes," Rice told Sky Sports' Super Six Podcast.

"Even now when I go, the lads ask me at West Ham what the training is like, it's ridiculous, the standard is so, so good. I can't speak highly enough of it.

"You see the rondos and the boxes, you can do flicks and tricks but if they want to get 50 passes [in a row] within about 20 seconds it's done, you can't get the ball back. The standard is so good."

Asked to single out players, Rice replied: "It's so hard to say because there's so many in different ways.

"Even in that last camp just gone back, I said to Eric Dier I've never seen finishing like Harry Kane in my life, I've never seen it.

"We did a finishing drill and he finished every single ball from outside the 'D' with power and precision.

"I know how good he is but witnessing it in training, it's so sick to watch, as a football person as well, as a fan, as a player, to watch him just doing that you have to applaud it.

"But I think if I'm looking back to my first session for me the one who shocked me, not shocked me I knew he was sick, but Rashford.

"This guy… I've never seen someone move so quickly with a football at his feet, it's like lightning speed.

"I can't explain it, if he's running at you one versus one it's game over. 'If he really wants to go at you and hurt you, he will."

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