Date: 3rd December 2017 at 5:56pm
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West Ham fans have heaped praise on Declan Rice after he was called upon to play at centre-back against Manchester City on Sunday.

Rice, 18, completed 90 minutes as the Hammers succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at the Etihad, but the performance will no doubt give everyone a lot of hope going forward as the Citizens had to work really hard to earn a win.

David Moyes’ men stay in the relegation zone despite avoiding defeat at Man City after goals from Nicolas Otamendi and David Silva rescued three points.

Angelo Ogbonna opened the scoring for the Hammers just before the half-time break and after the action restarted they were face with a back-to-the-wall job against the Premier League title favourites.

According to West Ham fans on Twitter, Rice was brilliant in fulfilling his role at centre-back alongside Ogbonna, even though he is more often used as a defensive midfielder.

Here is a selection of their tweets:

Rice has made 10 appearances across all competitions for West Ham this season and was only featuring in his 11th ever Premier League game against Man City.

However he did not look out of place against the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and co in what was a narrow defeat for Moyes’ side.

In other West Ham news, Gary Neville took a swipe at the Hammers ahead of their clash with Man City.

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