DECLAN RICE INTERVIEW!

"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!”

Declan Rice FIFA 20 card
Felipe Anderson dribbling the ball

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!”

General view of the Bernabeu
Virgil Van Dijk holding his hands up

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!”

CGI of Jadon Sancho in Volta
Eden Hazard on the cover of FIFA 20
WE spoke to Declan at the FIFA 20 World Premiere launch party
Jake