“I get battered for it all the time on social media, but I can’t help that,” Rice added. “I can help by going on the pitch and performing as best as I can. They [West Ham team-mates] wind me up all the time. It’s crazy to speak about, to be honest, so I just kind of block it out and do what I do best, and that’s play football.”
West Ham are still battling for a sixth-place finish in the Premier League, guaranteeing them another season in the Europa League. However, Rice and Co. will hope to turn around a 2-1 deficit in the competition’s semi-finals this term at Eintracht Frankfurt next week. If they’re successful, a final in Seville against RB Leipzig or Rangers awaits, with Champions League qualification on offer for the victor.
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