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Ambassador Rice aiming for Premier League title

Filed: Thursday, 5th April 2018
By: Staff Writer

Declan Rice has revealed that he wants to win the Premier League.

The 19-year-old defender has broken through to the West Ham first team in recent months and has received rave reviews for some of his performances.

However having made the breakthrough, Rice - who also acts as an ambassador for the DT38 charity - has set his sights rather higher, with designs on winning a league title during his career.

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"My ambition is win the Premier League title," he told dt38.co.uk. "As a kid watching so many games and seeing so many teams lift it, it gives me a buzz to go on and try to win the title."

And Rice admits that he'd love to be as successful as his childhood idol, another player who started his career at the Academy of Football - England and Chelsea defender John Terry.

"Growing up I used to watch videos of him all the time," added Rice. "Every time I had a match I would try and play exactly as he did. Heís a great idol to look up to for any young centre back."

Rice's role within the DT38 organisation is to spread awareness amongst fellow young men regarding testicular cancer, the disease that tragically accounted for Dylan Tombides four years ago and the most commonly diagnosed cancer amongst men aged 15-34.

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And it is a role that he takes responsibly despite not knowing Tombides, as he was still a member of Chelsea's youth Academy at the time. "Testicular cancer affects younger men in particular," he said.

"If you catch it early your chances of getting treated effectively are much higher and so itís so important that you check yourselves regularly and seek advice if you notice anything different.

"Donít take a risk, donít be silly, just check yourselves."

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