Declan Rice’s career was already riding the crest of a wave before he hijacked England team-mate Harry Maguire’s inflatable unicorn for a lark in the pool.
Aquatherapy on toy rafts has become a feature of international assemblies for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad.
But if West Ham ’s midfield anchorman has his way, when the world’s most expensive defender rides into town with Manchester United , Maguire will experience that sinking feeling again.
United lost 3-1 in London last season, and Rice wants the Hammers to make a habit of knocking over the big guns.
“Harry wasn’t too happy when Ben Chilwell and I nicked his unicorn in the pool,” said Rice.
“But meeting up with the England boys is great fun. It will be good to see him again.”
If speculators had their way, Rice – whose progressive style has earned him comparisons with Hammers legend Sir Trevor Brooking…