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Declan Rice sends West Ham warning to Barcelona, Europa League rivals ahead of last-eight draw

Declan Rice, Mark Noble West Ham v Sevilla

Declan Rice believes West Ham are capable of beating anyone in the Europa League quarter-finals following their dramatic victory over Sevilla on Thursday night.

David Moyes’ men booked their place in the last eight after a 2-0 win over the six-time winners at the London Stadium, sealing a 2-1 aggregate victory thanks to Andriy Yarmolenko’s extra-time strike.

Sevilla have won the competition four out of the last six seasons but met their match in West Ham.

And Rice thinks the Hammers can now beat anyone ahead of Friday’s draw.

The remaining teams in the hat are Barcelona, Lyon, RB Leipzig, Rangers, Eintracht Frankfurt, Atalanta and Braga.

Speaking to BT Sport after the game, the England midfielder said: “I said this after the FA Cup win against Leeds, I’ll take anyone and I think the lads will take anyone as well.

“There’s no-one to fear. Sevilla were probably the favourites. When the draw came out, people thought we had the hardest draw and we were going to get knocked out… and we’ve knocked them out!

“So, look, we can go away anywhere and get a result and teams coming here know they’re in for a game when they step into this stadium with our fans, so I’m ready to take anyone.”

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Pundit Joe Cole then suggested Barcelona as a potential tie by saying: “Me and the guys fancy the Nou Camp, we’ve heard they do some nice paella down there!,” Rice laughed and replied: “You’ve had some big nights there as well geez! Yeah it would be special to go there and face Barcelona.

“Like I said, this is what this club deserves. We’ve worked hard for this, from a relegation battle when Moyes first came in to getting in Europe last year. Not having the biggest of squads this season, a lot of question marks over how far we’re going to go and what we’re going to do, yet we’re still up there in the Premier League and into the quarter-finals. So there’s a big buzz around the place!”

The draw for the quarter-finals will take place at 12.30 GMT.

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