Declan Rice up for second major award as West Ham star receives another nomination

Declan Rice has received his second major award nomination in 24 hours, adding a Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Young Player of the Year nomination to his EA Sports Young Premier League Player of the Season one.

The PFA award is voted for by Rice’s fellow professionals and is recognition for the superb season the 22-year-old has had in the heart of West Ham’s midfield.

The Premier League award is a fan lad vote and Hammers supporters can get behind their main on the Premier League website alongside Tomas Soucek and David Moyes.

Rice’s midfield partner Soucek has been nominated for the Premier League Player of the Season award and Moyes for the Manager of the Year after guiding West Ham into the top-six and European competition.

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It has been quite the 24 hours for Rice, who not only has received two major award nominations but has been handed the number four shirt for England with confirmation of his place in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad.

Rice was delighted with the news of his England call-up, taking to social media to express his determination to succeed for the Three Lions posting pictured of himself in international action with the caption: “First major tournament! Let’s get to work.”

Rice was one of two West Ham players in the preliminary England squad alongside Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard. However, the 28-year-old did not make the final cut and has been placed on the standby list in case of injury between now and the start of the tournament on Friday, June 11.

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Despite not making the tournament team, Lingard has shown his team ethic by refusing Southgate’s offer to return home and will be in the England team that take on Austria on Wednesday evening.

Rice is expected to receive his 19th international cap, 15 for England and three for the Republic of Ireland, alongside Lingard in the warm-up match.

Former Hammer Marko Arnautovic will not face his ex-teammate Rice at the Riverside Stadium due to injury but is expected to be fit for the start of the European Championships.

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