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8th Nov, 2017 | 1:04pm

West Ham starlet named as one of world's best young players (not Rice)

By George Brooks

West Ham youngster Reece Oxford has been named as one of the best young players in world football.

The 18-year-old has been listed as number 76 on FourFourTwo’s shortlist of the 100 best teenagers in the world.

Oxford is primarily a central defender but can be deployed in a defensive midfield role and is comfortable playing the ball out from the back.

The defender is widely regarded as the best youngster to come through the Hammers’ academy in recent years.

He is hoping to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Joe Cole by becoming a star in the first team.

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Oxford is strong in the tackle and good in the air. His height and strength make him a serious threat from set pieces.

The teenager became the second-youngest player to start a Premier League game when he made his league debut as a 16-year-old against Arsenal in August 2015.

He showed his quality when he bossed the midfield against the likes of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla in a 2-0 win for the Hammers.

After a short loan spell with Championship side Reading in 2017, Oxford is now on loan at Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchenglabach.

He is currently on international duty with the England Under-20 side, preparing for their friendly match with Germany on November 14.

The highly-rated youngster has attracted interested from the country’s biggest clubs.

He singed a four-and-a-half-year-deal with the Hammers in 2016, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2021.

In other West Ham news, co-chairman David Sullivan has made this startling admission ahead of David Moyes’ first game in charge of the Hammers.

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