"West Ham in the Champions League? You never know!"
HI DECLAN, ARE YOU HAPPY WITH YOUR FIFA RATINGS THIS YEAR?
Declan says: “What did I get for shooting – 37? I’m not sure who’s making these ratings up, to be honest. I’ve got a lot of things to complain about! I’ve got to be happy, because it is an upgrade.”
DO YOU PUT YOURSELF IN YOUR ULTIMATE TEAM?
Declan says: “I’ve never packed myself on Ultimate Team, so I can’t wait for that! That should be special. Last year I had my Pro Player card, but I think they’ve stopped that this year!”
WHO WOULD YOUR VOLTA WEST HAM TEAM BE?
Declan says: “I’d have Issa Diop at the back – he’s a monster and would clean up everything. I’d have Manuel Lanzini because he just glides past players – and he’s got the skills - and I’d have Felipe Anderson. He’s Brazilian and he’s got the moves – he’d be top at this!”
WHAT ABOUT FOR ENGLAND?
Rice says: “No defence, just Sterling, Kane, Rashford and Sancho. I’d happily sit on the bench for them four!”
YOU HAD PRE-SEASON IN CHINA – HOW WAS THAT?
Declan says: “Boiling hot, but a good experience. The fans give it a bit - they’re proper passionate!”
WHAT STADUM WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY IN?
Declan says: “I’d love to play at the Bernabeu one day, to be fair! Ever since I was a kid, I’d liked everything about it. The white kit, beautiful stadium, Champions League nights – I’d love to play there once!”
WITH WEST HAM IN NEXT YEAR’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE?
Declan says: “You never know!”
HOW GOOD IS VIRGIL VAN DIJK?
Rice says: “Van Dijk’s a monster. He’s too good – you feel like you can’t get past him, it’s impossible. He’s way too good!”
WHAT’S YOUR EARLIEST FOOTBALLING MEMORY?
Declan says: “Chelsea winning the Premier League in 2005. I was about six and remember it was a massive deal as they hadn’t won the Premier League in years!”
HOW ARE YOU FINDING VOLTA?
Declan says: “I’m liking it. The strategies are hard really, you’ve just got to defend well. With the 4v4 rush, you’ve got to find a way to beat the keeper!”