Declan Rice

Athlete

Nationality: English Born: January 14, 1999

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As a holding midfield player, you want movement and to play between the lines.
Without a doubt, the plan was always to stay at West Ham.
In football, and in life, I have always tried to be completely honest and true to myself and my family at all times, and that is what I will continue to do.
When Chelsea let me go, it was really deflating. For me, as a youngster, it's all I ever knew - living 10 minutes from the training ground, going to loads of the games.
I think it's important that I keep playing international football, whatever level it is.
I was released by Chelsea at 14 years old. I remember it, a Tuesday night. On the Wednesday, I was training with Fulham, five minutes from my house, and then on the Thursday, I was training with West Ham. After one session at both clubs, they both wanted me.
As I'm growing up, going into holding midfield, I'm watching Busquets quite a lot for Barcelona. The way he controls the game, his reading of it, technically, defensively - everything about him cuts him out above the rest. I'm really enjoying watching him.
It's crazy to be spoken about like Mascherano. He's won everything: Champions League, La Ligas; he's been at World Cups.
There are no guarantees getting into an England squad: there's so many unbelievable players.
I like Jorginho, the way he plays and passes.
England have never wanted me at underage level; it's always been Ireland.
I thought there was maybe going to be some booing. I didn't know how the fans would take to me. But the reception from the England fans has been top class. They have taken me in.