England manager Gareth Southgate has backed midfielder Declan Rice to captain the national team in the future.
Rice has been a subject of transfer speculation owing to his consistency with West Ham with Manchester United and Chelsea said to be the clubs interested in his services next season.
Speaking about his midfielder, Southgate said: “We now have more and more club captains actually involved in the fray and he (Rice) is right amongst, that despite his age.
“What I have seen this season is the confidence that he has gained from his experience last summer. I think he had a huge impact on the (Switzerland) game when he came on. It was a really mature performance, strong, he breaks the game up so well and now has more confidence to drive with the ball and bring it forward as well.
“Without a doubt he has all the attributes to be a captain. There will be others, but we are gaining the rewards of the opportunities we had to blood him so young. The initial Nations League campaign and playing against the Dutch in the semi-final of that. They were the biggest games of his life at that time. He is now getting European experience with his club as well – and all of those things are starting to come together.”
Rice has become an integral player for England too and is expected to play a huge role in the 2022 World Cup slate for Qatar later in the year.