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West Ham enforcer Declan Rice posts message on England win

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West Ham enforcer Declan Rice posts message on England win

West Ham’s Declan Rice posted a message on Twitter after he played in England’s win over Kosovo on Tuesday night.

Gareth Southgate’s side recorded a 5-3 victory at St Mary’s in the European Championship qualifier in a wild contest.

The Three Lions found themselves 5-1 up at half-time after a scintillating attacking display where they responded to going behind in the first minute, but they were defensively weak in the second period.

England have won both group stage qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo during the international break, with Rice playing in every single minute.

The 20-year-old defensive midfielder is slowly becoming an important player in the squad, with Jordan Henderson and Ross Barkley the preferred options alongside him of late in the centre of the park.

He insists that England have plenty to improve on after the Kosovo thriller.

 

“Two wins from two. Another good nights work from the boys. Lots to improve on but we keep working,” Rice wrote on his personal Twitter account.

(Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

TBR’s View:

Rice certainly didn’t deliver his most polished performance in an England shirt, but still put his foot in and was trying to put out fires all over the pitch.

The Hammers enforcer made a number of tackles to help protect his back four, who had a torrid night against a Kosovo team that showed no fear when attacking.

But Rice was sloppy in the build up to Kosovo’s second goal and it was one of several individual errors made by England players.

It looks like the West Ham youngster has cemented his spot in the England team though for the foreseeable future, as he continues to get the nod over Tottenham’s deep-lying playmaker Harry Winks.

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