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Declan Rice is set to be fit to play for England in this weekend’s World Cup quarter-final clash with France.

The Hammers skipper has been superb for the Irons this season and has also played a key role in the Three Lions’ run to the last-eight of the tournament.

Declan has played in every game thus far, against Iran, the USA, Wales, and Senegal.

However, there were fears over his fitness earlier this week when he missed England training due to an illness.

Kalvin Phillips, the Manchester City midfielder, is the most likely player to step in if Declan misses any minutes for England, but he has now confirmed that Rice was back in training ahead of the clash with Les Bleus.

Quoted by TalkSPORT, the ex-Leeds midfielder was asked if he would be ready to step in if Declan was not capable of playing agaisnt France, and he said: “Yeah, but I believe Dec is fit anyway, he was back in training today.

“He felt fine. If all goes wrong and Dec wouldn’t be fit, then I’d do my best to try and complete the 90 minutes, yeah.”

The Irons will be hoping that Declan performs against France this weekend, and that England progress, to add a fair few million to his asking price next summer.

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A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.