Stuart Pearce insists he wants to see more of Declan Rice in an England shirt.
The Three Lions booked their place in the Round of 16 of the World Cup after a 3-0 win over Wales secured them top spot in Group B.
Rice started those three matches as Gareth Southgate conceded just two goals and picked up seven points.
However, England legend Pearce believes there is more to come from the West Ham midfielder.
The 23-year-old served as a defensive midfielder for the Three Lions and Pearce was asked if Rice played the ball sideways and back too often rather than driving forward.
He told talkSPORT: “In all honesty, I’ve half had those frustrations at club level. He’s got so much more in his locker. He’s got a brilliant range of passing.
“When I talk about rotating teams, he’s in a key position to rotate us and go forward with diagonal passes or forward passes across the lines.
“He has a great passing range. I saw it first hand for two years. I think there’s more to his locker than just breaking things.
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He added: “I think he should do it a bit more for England. He has the tools to do it. The only time I see him spinning and passing people is to pull himself off. affair.
“When he is in a hurry, he overtakes people. I saw him do it two or three times at West Ham. More of the same please.
There is still a lot of speculation about Rice’s future and it looks like it will be a case of when, not if, he leaves the Hammers.
Former Wales international Hal Robson-Kanu believes he must leave the east London club to reach the next level of his performances.
He said: “For Rice to do this he has to move to a big club for me. This would then be expected of him.
“You can see from the way he plays for England that he moves the ball. Don’t underestimate the difficulty of always being available and moving the ball, moving the ball quickly.
“In terms of the opportunity to break the lines and have the confidence, and also the expectation, to get the ball and have the first thought of going forward. He’s a bit comfortable in that West Ham team and for him to move to the next level, he needs to progress at club level.
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