Declan Rice defies Storm Eunice by performing a handstand in training as West Ham prepare for ‘massive game’ against Newcastle… which the midfielder admits they ‘have to win’ to keep their top four hopes alive
- West Ham host Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon
- Declan Rice defied the windy conditions to perform a handstand in training
- The midfielder has described this weekend’s game as a must win for the Irons
It seems that there is no battle that Declan Rice can’t win, as he got the better of Storm Eunice by performing a handstand in West Ham training.
On the day that winds of up to 122mph battered the UK and Ireland, the Hammers were busy preparing for their Premier League fixture against Newcastle on Saturday.
In a clip posted on social media, David Moyes’s squad are seen defying the conditions, with Rice going one step further with his acrobatics.
Is there anything he can’t do? Declan Rice performs a handstand in West Ham training today
The England international has been leading by example on and off the pitch this season as West Ham fight for a place in the top four.
The Irons currently sit fifth in the Premier League table, two points behind fourth-place Manchester United.
Looking ahead to the clash against Newcastle at the London Stadium, Rice said: ‘It’s a massive game. If we want to stay up there, competing around the top four places, the European places, it’s a game we have to win.
Storm Eunice proved no match for West Ham and Rice in their training session this morning
Rice has described West Ham’s game against Newcastle as a ‘must win’ for their top four hopes
‘Newcastle have had a mixed season. They’ve won their last three games and they’ve been excellent in all three, so it would be wrong to overlook them.
‘They’ve got some unbelievable players in their squad, and obviously they have a new manager in Eddie Howe as well, who’s showing new stuff.
‘We know it’s going to be a tough game but we’re ready for it and it’s one we’ll win, hopefully.
The two teams are in different veins of form ahead of the London Stadium meeting on Saturday
‘Hopefully all the fans will be buzzing as well, but we’re focused and ready to go.’
Craig Dawson’s 91st-minute equaliser rescued a point for West Ham in a 2-2 draw against Leicester last weekend, leaving the Irons with just one win from their last four league games.
Meanwhile, Newcastle have won their last three league matches to move four points clear of the relegation zone.