Declan Rice’s actions against Germany in the closing minutes caused alarm for West Ham last night.
The players from West Ham have had a really bad international break.
Lucas Paqueta, who is now playing for Brazil, has been the sole shining light so far, but even his excellent display in a deeper midfield position poses a problem for David Moyes over where to place him at West Ham.
When Germany lost to Hungary, Thilo Kehrer was dropped, but he was added for the tie with England and performed admirably.
In addition to losing his spot for Italy, Emerson also lost a key player for the Azzurri in their victories against England and Hungary.
Gianluca Scamacca no longer plays for the same club, and Roberto Mancini has already admitted he is switching things around.
Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Portugal, with the former playing poorly yet again and being substituted in spite of being captain.
Due to his limited playing time with West Ham, Said Benrahma cannot represent Algeria.
Due to the injury to the two goalkeepers ahead of him in the hierarchy, Hugo Lloris and Thibaut Courtois, Alphonse Areola was handed a significant and uncommon opportunity with France.
However, France lost shockingly 2-0 against Denmark in goal, with West Ham’s backup.
When England lost to Italy, Jarrod Bowen was on the bench but did not participate. After that, he was completely left out of the team for the match against Germany.
In England’s loss to Italy, West Ham captain Rice was far from his spectacular best, as he has with his club.
However, Rice significantly improved during the draw with Germany.
The fact that Moyes’ talents have avoided injury thus far is the greatest advantage for West Ham. Is that correct?
Declan Rice’s actions against Germany in the closing minutes raised concerns for West Ham.
When Rice extended a leg to make a challenge in the centre of the field, West Ham fans’ jaws dropped open.
Following that, Rice was seen bending over and spending some time massaging his knee from both the front and the back.
Rice may have damaged himself by stretching himself too far during the challenge, co-commentator Graeme Le Saux suggested during Channel 4 coverage of the incident.
Rice continued to play and won the match. And it didn’t seem like there were any new problems.
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However, it will bring back unpleasant memories for West Ham fans who seen the midfielder perform the exact same action when representing England towards the conclusion of the 2020–21 campaign, where he continued to play after injuring his knee.
He was then diagnosed with a knee injury upon his return to West Ham and was sidelined for around two months.
It meant Rice was absent for crucial games during West Ham’s run-in as Moyes’s side missed out on the Champions League by a solitary win – which they would almost certainly have got had their talisman been available.
Since England’s 3-3 draw with Germany, there have been no official indications that Rice is really injured once more.
However, many West Ham supporters were concerned that he could have been hurt in that challenge.
It will be important to pay attention to Moyes’ pre-game news conference before the crucial matchup with Wolves.
Given that West Ham has a jam-packed October with nine games in four weeks, Rice almost probably won’t be risked for Wolves even if his knee felt sore after the game.
The World Cup break is immediately followed by four games in only 12 days in November.
We’re all crossing our fingers that Rice is okay and will be available for the weekend.