When quizzed by Gary Neville on his favourite moment so far of his football career, Rice’s response was simple – the first time he donned the England shirt.
“It was incredible,” he said. “I never thought it would happen, and when it did it was really special.”
Based on his comments on the England team, fans of the national side may be emboldened to wager on the Three Lions in the future, as Rice observed that there seems to be more of a strong team cohesion than in the past.
“When I look at all the lads we play with, all the lads in the squad from up North, they all love it,” he continued.
“With the older players, you speak about how no one really got on at the time because of the club competition, and it’s great to see now that everyone’s really close.”
Meanwhile, bettors could maybe have been encouraged to bet against the Hammers when visiting Everton FC based on Rice’s response when asked which football stadium he received the most hostile welcome.
Goodison Park was by far the most hostile, according to the defender, whilst the Bernabeu – although still likely an intimidating experience – was the stadium he most desired to play in.
Lastly, although a Chelsea FC fan as a youngster – having been raised by a family of blues in Southwest London – punters can always expect Rice to give his all against his childhood team whilst wearing the shirt of the Hammers.
He added: “When you play for a club like West Ham you become really affiliated to it, and it’s part of me and my family that is a massive West Ham fan.”