DECLAN RICE has pulled back the curtain as he opened up on his favourite ever kit and player – and how he was left star-struck by Floyd Mayweather.
The West Ham and England midfielder has shot to stardom over the past few years due to his displays for club and country.
He has helped the Hammers to return to European football while also playing a key role as the Three Lions almost claimed Euro 2020 glory last summer.
That has seen the 23-year-old linked with a big-money move away from East London, with Manchester United keen to bring the West Ham man to Old Trafford.
And this week Rice has appeared on BT Sport’s Get To Know show to let any potential suitors know a little bit more about himself.
Ahead of the Europa League clash with Sevilla, he revealed: “My favourite kit of all-time, I can’t remember what year it was, maybe 2004, was Real Madrid’s home kit.
“I had Beckham on the back. Yeah, 23 Beckham. I remember having that as a kid.
“All white, I lived in it. Obviously I really like Madrid as well. Just the white kit really stands out.
“You’re in an all white Real Madrid kit with Becks on the back, it doesn’t get any better than that.”
Revealing his favourite player growing up, he replied: “John Terry.
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“How he was as a player, left foot, right foot, defending, leader, communication – he was everything I wanted to be.”
Rice, who also said that golf is his favourite hobby outside of football, was also quizzed over when he was last starstruck.
He replied: “When I met Floyd Mayweather. What he’s done for boxing, his record… you’d never think that you’d get close to someone like that, especially with 15 security around him.
“It was unbelievable to meet Mayweather.”
That meeting occurred in December 2020 when he sandwiched himself between world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and boxing legend Mayweather for an incredible photo opportunity.
Rice joined the boxers backstage at Wembley Arena after witnessing AJ’s destructive KO of Kubrat Pulev.