West Ham United captain Declan Rice has waxed lyrical about Marcus Rashford and backed the forward to win the Golden Boot at the World Cup.

Manchester United’s number ten sits alongside Kylian Mbappe, Cody Gakpo and Enner Valencia as the 2022 World Cup joint Golden Boot leader with three goals.

After scoring inside a minute of coming on against Iran in England’s opener, the 25-year-old scored twice in the Three Lions’ 3-0 win against Wales, in what was his first start in Qatar.

Wales v England: Group B - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
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With England’s number 11 back to his blistering best after a difficult 2021-22 campaign, his Three Lions teammate Rice has spoken in glowing terms about him in England’s latest press conference.

Declan Rice raves about Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford

Rice, who was named in Bastian Schweinsteiger’s top five midfielders in the world, has frequently been linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent years.

But West Ham’s number 41 is delighted to see Rashford enjoying his football and shining on the “biggest stage”.

The 23-year-old said: “From the first moment I came into the England setup I said Marcus was one of the stand out people I was so surprised by.

“He’s just lightning quick, his speed, his eye for goal. The way he hits the ball – it’s really special the technique he’s got, and I know he had a tough year last year, but no one ever doubted his quality and to now see him back on the biggest stage, doing it, it makes me really happy, and I know it’s making the team happy as well.

“There’s no reason why he can’t [win the Golden Boot]. He had a big chance in the first half [against Wales]. I think if he keeps on making those attacking runs behind the back line like he does for United – he’s going to keep getting the chances.

“It would be amazing for him to win the Golden Boot and I’d be delighted for him if he achieved that.”

Wales v England: Group B - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
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Rashford will be hoping he’s done enough to retain his place in Gareth Southgate’s starting line-up for England’s last-16 clash against Senegal on Sunday.

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