Hammers skipper Declan Rice has opened up on the recent England performances.
And in so doing he has indicated that both he and other international players had come off a season which had created wear and tear among them.
The Daily Mail has reported that he and Jude Bellingham have been excluded from a main training session ahead of the next game against Italy in the Uefa Nations League on Friday evening.
It may suggest that he will not be involved having again been involved in every Hammers game since the season started and is still feeling the effects.
Like the rest of the squad – which in the case of the Hammers of course finds itself in the bottom three – Dec’s game has been off colour given the high standards he sets himself.
Whether England boss Gareth Southgate sees things the same way now remains to be seen.
Speaking to TalkSPORT via their YouTube channel, Rice was open and honest about England’s recent performances and their eagerness to improve.
He said: “It was a tough period, we came off the back of a long season.
“We didn’t have the best results in the first game and then it carried on.
“But there were positive signs even though the results probably didn’t go our way we should’ve won the Italy game, the Germany game we obviously created the better chances.
“It’s about how you react as a team and stick together.”