Rice: I've got to win trophies

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 6th December 2019

Declan Rice believes that his career will only feel fulfilled if he wins major trophies before he hangs up his boots.

The 20-year-old midfielder, speaking in an interview with Football Ramble Daily's new 'Ramble Meets...' show revealed that he intends to emulate his heroes - such as former Chelsea and England star John Terry - by lifting silverware during his pro career.

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"I think you've got to win stuff. You have to," he said, when asked what he would consider a successful career. "I want to win everything. I think every player wants to win everything.

"Look at Liverpool last year, [Jordan] Henderson lifting the [Champions League] trophy and how much it meant to him. That's what you want in your career. Look at John Terry's career, how much he's won; it's scary.

"When Roy Keane does a bit of punditry, it comes up as 'Roy Keane, seven Premier League titles'. That's mad now. They [Manchester United] were so dominant, but now it's obviously shared around a bit more.

"I can't even imagine it. To win it [the league title], I don't know what would happen, I'd just go bonkers for a couple of days!"

Rice has of course been linked with a move to Manchester United on several occasions during the past 12 months despite both clubs having refused to acknowledge any interest.

Although it has only been two seasons since the Red Devils last won silverware, they have been without a Premier League title since 2013.

Yet in 2020 it will be 40 years since West Ham United last won a trophy of note, when they beat favourites Arsenal to claim the 1980 FA Cup - something that has led to much speculation regarding the ambitious Rice's future.

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During the interview, the young Hammer also refused to rule out ever featuring at centre half again - despite expressing a preference for playing in his current midfield role - whilst revealing that he had never felt nervous when representing England.

"I never get nervous really, I don't know why," Rice told host Luke Moore. "First start for England, I didn't get nervous. I don't know why, I've just never got nervous about a football match.

"I can't give you the reason why. Some players you'd speak to before a game they'd say they're well nervous. I get more of a thrill, like a buzz. Walking out with 60,000 fan singing 'Bubbles' gives you that boost."

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