Jack Wilshere told talkSPORT he believes Declan Rice is capable of playing alongside the best footballers in the world.
The former West Ham man performed alongside Rice during his time at the London Stadium between 2018-2020.
Wilshere joined talkSPORT Drive on Thursday and said of the 22-year-old: “The problem with Dec is that he can cover the pitch in midfield.
“So you think of the best teams in Europe with the top three doing what they want.
“So let’s say PSG – Neymar, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe.
“They can do whatever they want up there and Dec will cover them from behind.”
“So I could imagine him in a team like that. It’s a loud cry, I know, but I think he has the ability and the temperament to go that far.
Wilshere added: “” Mr. West Ham “Mark Noble is leaving, this is his senior year – Dec is the next type of” Mr. West Ham “, isn’t he?
“West Ham fans will be desperate to keep him.
“I have friends who are West Ham fans and they worship him, they can’t think about his leaving.
“They are doing everything they can to keep it because they are in Europe now.
“They probably need to take the next Champions League step forward, which will be difficult, especially when they have so many Europa League games this year.
“But other than that I don’t see him, I mean he will want to continue and challenge for the Premier League.”