Rice used Messi, Neymar and Mbappe as an example of the type of world-class frontline that Rice could provide midfield cover for.

Jack Wilshere told talkSPORT he believes Declan Rice is capable of playing alongside the best footballers in the world.

The former West Ham man performed alongside Rice during his time at the London Stadium between 2018-2020.

Wilshere and Rice performed together at West Ham

Wilshere joined talkSPORT Drive on Thursday and said of the 22-year-old: “The problem with Dec is he can cover the pitch in midfield.

“So you think of the best teams in Europe with the top three doing what they want.

“So let’s say PSG – Neymar, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe.

“They can do whatever they want up there and Dec will cover them from behind.”

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Rice used Messi, Neymar and Mbappe as an example of the type of world-class frontline that Rice could provide midfield cover for.

“So I could imagine him in a team like that. It’s a loud scream, I know, but I think he has the ability and the temper to go that far.

Wilshere added, “” Mr. West Ham “Mark Noble is leaving, this is his senior year – Dec is the next type of” Mr. West Ham “, isn’t he?

“West Ham fans will be desperate to keep him.

“I have friends who are West Ham fans and they worship him, they can’t think about his leaving.

West Ham won't want to let go of its star man

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West Ham won’t want to let go of its star man

“They are doing everything they can to keep it because they are in Europe now.

“They probably need to take the next step in the Champions League, which will be difficult, especially when they have so many matches with the Europa League this year.

“But other than that I don’t see him, I mean he will want to continue and challenge for the Premier League. “

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