West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice will be picking up the PlayStation controller once more as he participates in the FIFA Global Series 21 Challenge on Thursday evening.
The 21-year-old Hammer, renowned for his prowess on the virtual pitch, is helping to launch the FIFA 21 competitive season – in which three West Ham Esports players will participate – with an opening mini-tournament.
The FIFA 21 Challenge show sees four professional footballers – West Ham’s Rice, Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, Inter Milan’s Achraf Hakimi and Borussia Dortmund’s Giovanni Reyna – team up with professional FIFA players to raise money for charity.
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Rice is partnered with Jaime ‘Gravesen’ Alvarez, who represents Real Zaragoza Esports and is considered by many to be Spain’s top FIFA 21 player.
The duo will kick-off their campaign by taking on the duo of Hakimi and Levy ‘Levy’ Frederique, who represents FC Groningen Esports in Holland.
The other semi-final sees Donovan ‘Tekkz’ Hunt paired with Alexander-Arnold taking on Reyna and Mohammed ‘MoAuba’ Harkous.
Ties will be two-legged affairs, with professional footballers duking out the first legs before professional Esporters take over for the second – and extra-time and penalties, if required.
The tournament kicks off at 6pm UK time on Thursday, live on the official EA SPORTS FIFA account, with Rice’s first game anticipated to take place shortly after 7pm.
One of Rice’s last appearances on a FIFA title was over the lockdown period, when he led West Ham United to a 3-2 win over Mason Mount and Chelsea in a friendly win on FIFA 20.
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