Stan Collymore has encouraged West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice to add more goals to his game following his maiden England call-up.
According to the Sunday People, 17/03, page 53, Collymore has called on the midfielder to get himself on the scoresheet more often after Gareth Southgate selected him in his Three Lions squad for the first time.
Collymore said of Rice: “I want to see him given several games to become a fixture for the Three Lions. He’s a very good reader of the game, an old fashioned midfielder who can get forward and back.
“The one area I know he wants to improve on is goals and I hope that can be exploited by England.”
Rice has got himself forward to score against Arsenal and Newcastle in recent weeks, and that’s a decent little return for a player who plays in his position.
These days, a holding midfielder’s game is about discipline, breaking up attacks and holding their position – which means that there isn’t much chance to bomb forward.
If Southgate uses Rice as a holding player in the 4-3-3 he has preferred after the World Cup, Rice won’t be expected to chip in with goals.
He needs to use the ball wisely, stay in position and let England’s flair players bomb on. Rice isn’t a box-to-box player like Collymore seems to think.