Declan Rice should be fit enough to play in West Ham’s upcoming Premier League clash against Everton, according to Claret & Hugh.
The news outlet claims that Rice, 20, missed England’s meeting with Bulgaria on Monday night due to a virus, but is expected to have recovered in time for the trip to Goodison Park on Saturday.
It is understood that Rice’s illness is only meant to be a short-term issue.
Although Rice had a poor game for England in their loss to the Czech Republic last week, West Ham fans will be pleased to know that he should be fine to play against Everton. The question is, does Rice actually have an illness? You always see players suffer small injuries or short-term illnesses in international breaks. Is Rice just being protected from the actual fact that Gareth Southgate has dropped him after a poor performance in Prague? It doesn’t need to be covered up if that’s the case. Rice is old enough now and professional enough to be able to cope with being dropped and not having excuses made for him. If he is actually ill then fair enough but it just seems like a bit of a coincidence that he’s suddenly ill after a bad game for England. Rice will no doubt start against Everton and hopefully he can put in a much better performance than he did for the Three Lions last week.