Declan Rice, an U12 PlayStation F.C. Schools’ Cup finalist, has been playing competitive football from a young age, having joined Chelsea’s academy in 2006 when he was 7 before moving to West Ham United when he was 14.
Since joining West Ham, Declan has been on a fast track to the top of the game; the tall, strong and versatile footballer is comfortable playing as a centre-back or defensive midfielder. He captained the Hammers at U16, U18 and U23 level before making his first-team debut in a Premier League win at Burnley in the final game of the 2016/17 season.
Since making his debut for West Ham his career highlights include:
- Winning his first Premier League Man of the Match award against Tottenham Hotspur
- Becoming the first teenager to make 50 West Ham first team appearances since Michael Carrick
- Receiving his first England call-up in March for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro
- Signing a long-term contract that will keep him at West Ham until 2024.
With all this and so much more to come, the future looks exciting for the 20-year-old as he chases club and international glory. This year Declan has partnered with fellow England international, Georgia Stanway, to uncover Next Level talent through the PlayStation F.C. Schools’ Cup.
Want to show Declan and Georgia you’ve got what it takes to be a Next Level Player? Email your videos or images to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win goal of the month, save of the month or team of month!