as reported by the Evening Standard.

Declan Rice has revealed a 45 minute phone call with hero John Terry which he still carries with him today.

The West Ham midfielder, who is currently torn between declaring for either England or Ireland at international level, was realeased by Chelsea at 14, but has always had support from the Blues legend.

The former captain would take any chance he could to watch the youth sides train at Cobham, and still keeps in touch with Rice now he is finding success at West Ham.

In an interview with The Times, Rice said: “John would speak to the parents and take his time to get to know young players and families. For a club captain to do that is quality.

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“I based my whole game on John when I was younger. When I was released by Chelsea he called for 45 minutes and I remember I was sat in my room next to my dad.

“It was John Terry – I could not believe it.

“He handed over all his experience and advice. He said to never stop, always keep working hard and give everything you have.

“It stayed in my head, and look where I am now. No dream is far away.

“I last met John for a two-hour breakfast with my cousin about six months ago. Sometimes I text him, like when he retired and he replied ‘Thanks mate, it is your time now.'”

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