Declan Rice hilariously taunts Jesse Lingard in bath after taking West Ham’s first penalty of season from Man Utd loanee

Posted Tuesday, February 16, 2021 by

DECLAN RICE taunted Jesse Lingard in the London Stadium baths after pulling rank to take West Ham’s first penalty of the season.

Captain Rice had to take the ball off Lingard before slotting home the spot-kick which set the Hammers on the way to a victory which saw them climb above Liverpool into fifth.

Declan Rice hilariously taunts Jesse Lingard in bath after taking West Ham’s first penalty of season from Man Utd loanee
Declan Rice commandeered the ball off Jesse Lingard for a penalty on Monday

And he wasn't going to let the Manchester United loanee, who was fouled to earn the spot kick, forget about it.

The Hammers skipper posted a clip on social media after the 3-0 win, showing Lingard having a soak as he shouts: "He knew he had to give me the pen!"

Lingard later replied: "You're the skip, you take."

Speaking after the game, Rice admitted he had to assume the responsibility despite his team-mate's protestations to avoid an earful from David Moyes.

The England star said: “I just said to Jesse, 'Look, the gaffer, I don't want to be battered by him and by the assistants in the changing room if I don't take it'.

“I said I don't want to be that guy that looks like I'm taking the ball off you, but I said, ‘I'm on them mate so obviously can I have the ball’.

“Buzzing to put it in the back of the net and, more importantly, we've got the three points.

“It was a strange one because it was our 24th game tonight and we haven't had a pen.

“It was my first time taking a penalty in the Premier League so I had to compose myself, take a deep breath and just visualise hitting the ball in the back of the net and, lucky enough that's what I've done.”

Boss Moyes backed up the midfielder and confirmed he would have been battered if he had let Lingard claim the role.

Moyes said: “He's right. Because we want to be clear, we want the organisation to be clear.

“I also see it as a bit of a step up for Declan as well, that's his first goal, he's taken responsibility, taking that ownership and making sure he does the job.

“Next time we might try somebody different, but this game it was certainly Declan.”

Blades boss Chris Wilder was fuming at the way his side gifted the Hammers their first two goals – and admitted he fears the worst for defender John Egan who left on a stretcher with his leg in a splint.

Wilder said: “He doesn't look good. He's a tough boy, you know, he puts his body on the line and for him to stick his arm up in the manner that he did straight away didn't look good and wasn't a good sign.

“You can’t give them easy goals, not at this level, not the way we're playing and not in our position.

“You can't make it easy for the opposition and we gave them two goals.”

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