Declan Rice took to Twitter shortly after West Ham’s Europa League semi-final defeat to thank fans for their support.
David Moyes’ men lost 3-1 on aggregate to Eintracht Frankfurt, preventing a first European final since 1976 and crushing the dreams of the traveling Hammers supporters who took over the German city earlier in the week.
Having been to the likes of Zagreb, Genk, Seville and Lyon on the way to the semi-final, West Ham fans have travelled all over Europe in their thousands as Declan Rice and his teammates put together a run that seemed unlikely at the beginning of the campaign.
But after the initial emotion and disappointment had worn off after the full-time whistle, Rice took to social media to thank fans for their support and promise that they will bounce back in Sunday’s Premier League meeting with Norwich City.
The England international said: “We win together. We lose together.
“So proud of this team, it wasn’t meant to be but that’s football, always a learning experience that in the end will work out right.
“Thank you to our fans who have been incredible during this journey. We go again Sunday.”
We win together. We lose together. So proud of this team, it wasn’t meant to be but that’s football, always a learning experience that in the end will work out right. Thank you to our fans who have been incredible during this journey. We go again Sunday❤️ @WestHam
— Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) May 5, 2022
All focus now turns to ensuring West Ham qualify for Europe via a league position, with three games of the season remaining.
The Hammers are currently 7th in the Premier League, which would be enough for a place in next season’s Europa Conference League, but they can still secure a top-six finish, which would mean the club’s newfound love affair with the Europa League will continue for a second consecutive campaign.