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UEFA hail Declan Rice for 'catching the eye' at Euro 2020

UEFA reserved special praise for Declan Rice in their Euro 2020 technical report. The West Ham United midfielder caught their eye.

UEFA released their Euro 2020 technical report this week. It’s a report that goes over the tactics, formations and styles through every round, essentially explaining how teams achieved what they did.

That means plenty of England, of course. The Three Lions made it all the way to the final, leaving UEFA with a lot to talk about. Few players, however, got the recognition Declan Rice managed.

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Commenting on the final, UEFA mention how Rice and Kalvin Phillips were a controlling presence in the middle. They then take the opportunity to truly highlight Rice, though.

“Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips played the controlling roles – the former catching the eye with interceptions, tackling and, after ball-winning, the ability to twist & turn his way out of Italy’s aggressive press.”

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Few players got a write up like that – not just for England but throughout the entire tournament. Some other examples from the final include “[Raheem] Sterling and [Mason] Mount patrolled the wider areas while Harry Kane dropped away from Italy’s centre-backs to corroborate with approach play”.

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It’s all very technical and doesn’t go into player’s strengths, just what they did positionally. Rice, on the other hand, received glorious praise in comparison.

UEFA were impressed with Rice, then, and you can bet other figures and clubs in football were, too. While that’s a scary proposition for a West Ham side that wants to keep Rice, it’s worth praising the club for holding onto him this summer.

Few clubs manage that when the spotlight on their star shines that brightly. The Hammers will have their star man for the rest of the season, though, and if he continues his current form, that should lead to success.

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