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'Nervous' Rice recalls first team meeting [video]

Filed: Wednesday, 20th March 2019
By: Staff Writer

Declan Rice says that he was a bag of nerves when introduced to his fellow England players for the first time.

The 20-year-old Hammer joined up with Gareth Southgate and his squad on Monday having received his first call-up to the England squad earlier this month.

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And the young midfielder admitted to being extremely nervous when greeting his new team mates for the first time - even though he was made to feel very welcome.

"I was a bit nervous when I arrived but they've all welcomed me," he told The FA's YouTube channel. "There's a lot of young players involved but we've got a great team spirit.

"We've got so many big players from top clubs that they might think there's that rivalry there, but when they're here that's all forgotten about and everyone's like one big family."

To see the full nine-minute interview with Rice, click play on the video below.

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