‘Partner got a hattyyyy’, exuberantly declared Rice in reference to the hattrick.
He then tagged Soucek’s official Twitter account before saying ‘congrats brother’.
Soucek started the feat in emphatic style, scoring twice before the half-time break.
He then was simply in the right place at the right time as he rushed forward to tap the ball into an empty net, making it 5-1 after just 48 minutes.
Estonia looked well and truly punished by the final whistle but were still able to put two past the Czech defence – one shored up by Soucek.
Despite shipping two goals, all eyes were on Soucek for what can only be described as a complete midfield display.
A hattrick is a feat any striker would be proud of, let alone a defensive midfielder.
The feat exacerbates the well-roundedness of the player that only exacerbates the shrewdness of West Ham’s recruitment.
With defensive prowess, leadership and presence on top of his proven goal threat, few would deny Soucek’s elite calibre.