Rice Is Like Gerrard
Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “I thought [Rice] was the outstanding player for England in the Euros.
“I was so disappointed when he got taken off in the final. I thought we couldn’t keep the ball in the final, that was our downfall, that’s why we lost the game.
“If he didn’t see a pass on the football pitch, he manoeuvred with the ball and kept possession. He took people on, which is so hard to do and very rarely do you see players that can do that, especially later on in a game.
“I have to liken him to Steven Gerrard. Not many players can eat up the ground like Declan, Gerrard used to do exactly the same, he used to overpower people in midfield.
“Add that to his passing ability, his understanding of the game, his knowledge of the game, he’s obviously getting led by Mark Noble. His desire, you can see how he loves the game and wants to get better.
“For me, he’s up there with the top players in the world in midfield at the moment, there’s no denying that. I think Moyes said something about him being a £100 million player, didn’t he?
“I’d hold on to him and say, ‘I want more than that, this player’s unbelievable, he’s better than that. If you really want this guy you’re going to have to break the bank and show me you think of him as much as I do, because I’m not letting him go for £100 million.’
“You tell me about a midfield player in the world at the moment – he’s [worth] double.
“When the best centre forward in the world was up for sale in the summer, Tottenham wanted £200 million for him, the other clubs didn’t have that valuation. I’m going up to 150, 160 for Declan Rice.
“And then he adds goals to his game as well. That puts another load of money on the sale price. You know, if he can keep doing that, wow.”
Individual Market Values Boosted
Sheringham also feels that a number of other individuals in West Ham’s squad have boosted their market values with their recent performances.
The 55-year-old picked out forwards Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen, arguing that the latter deserves his chance at international level alongside Rice.
“You look at Antonio at the moment. You would say, if you wanted to sell him, you would get £60 million for him’. If you wanted to sell Bowen, you would get £40 million for him,” he explained.
“[Bowen deserves an England cap] without a doubt. I think he’s in and around it, he’s full of confidence at the moment.
“He’s exciting, he’s full of verve and he’s ready to take on any opposition. You can see he’s excited about playing football and he’s at the top of his game, at the top level.
“When you look at the other players that are in and around the England squad that could be picked, not many are playing with the distinction that he is.
“I would put him in and give him a chance, ‘Show us what you can do at this level.’
“I think it’s exciting. He’s not just a flash in the pan. He gets hold of the ball, uses his body well, takes people on, shoots, brings other people into the game. I think he’s got a bit of everything, I really like him.”