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Grealish hails Rice after stunning solo goal for West Ham and says England pal deserves a better FIFA 22 pace rating


JACK GREALISH has hailed England pal Declan Rice after he scored a solo goal in West Ham’s Europa League win over Dinamo Zagreb.

And Grealish even took a shot at EA Sports who rated Rice’s pace at 66 in the upcoming FIFA 22 game.

Both Grealish and Rice starred for England at Euro 2020

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Both Grealish and Rice starred for England at Euro 2020Credit: GETTY IMAGES
Rice held off Petkovic on the halfway line

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Rice held off Petkovic on the halfway lineCredit: GETTY IMAGES
The West Ham captain broke into the box and fired through the goalkeeper's legs

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The West Ham captain broke into the box and fired through the goalkeeper’s legsCredit: GETTY IMAGES

Rice’s solo effort started when he intercepted Zagreb defender Josip Sutalo’s pass.

The West Ham captain brushed off Bruno Petkovic’s physical challenge and darted towards goal.

Zagreb’s last defender anxiously tried to get across to stop the Englishman but wasn’t quick enough and allowed him to fire on goal.

And it was a cool finish from Rice, who slotted it between the goalkeeper’s legs to double West Ham’s advantage in Croatia.

Grealish responded to the goal on Twitter saying: ” I told you @_DeclanRice you should be higher than 66 pace on @EASPORTSFIFA.”

Rice is bound to agree with his England pal as when the FIFA 22 card was revealed, he insisted ‘I’m not slow’.

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The pair reacted to their FIFA ratings in a video on the England YouTube channel.

He said: “A cheeky little 82, to be fair I’m happy with that.”

In which Grealish responded: “You should be higher than that surely.”

And once he noticed his pace, the Hammers midfielder was far from pleased.

He added: “I’m not slow! I’m not slow, that’s the thing!

“81 defence, 79 physical and 74 dribble…mate, I’m convinced they [EA Sports] just sit at a computer ’cause they’re bored writing a thousand players down and go ‘yeah he’s a sixty-something, he’s a seventy-something…done.”

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Grealish launched a passionate defence of Rice in the video, claiming he is one of the best holding midfielders in the Premier League.

Grealish said: “You know what’s mad, Dec is one of the best holding midfielders in the league yet there’s still going to be some people higher-rated than him.”

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Rice is 82 rated on FIFA 22 with 66 pace, which he is disappointed with

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Rice is 82 rated on FIFA 22 with 66 pace, which he is disappointed withCredit: ENGLAND YOUTUBE CHANNEL





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