Declan Rice came in for praise from West Ham United supporters last night for the way he spoke about the Harry Maguire situation after England were beaten 1-0 by Denmark.
The Three Lions slipped to defeat in the Nations League at Wembley, with former Tottenham Hotspur maestro Christian Eriksen scoring the game’s only goal from the penalty spot.
Denmark produced a fine defensive performance on the night, but their task of winning the game was undoubtedly made easier when Manchester United captain Maguire was sent off just after the half-hour mark.
The 27-year-old had left a late one on Yussuf Poulsen to earn himself a yellow card early doors, and was then reckless on Kasper Dolberg to receive his marching orders.
The player looked broken as he left the pitch; seemingly carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders after his recent incident in Greece and poor club form.
West Ham star Rice was asked for his take on the player’s situation after the game.
🗣”He is someone that I love to play behind me, anyone can get a red card”
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) October 14, 2020
He said: “Since he came in 10 days ago he’s been fantastic. He’s been amazing with me and he’s someone that I love to play behind me because he’s good on the ball. He plays little passes into you and he’s always talking.
“Anyone can get a red card – that’s unfortunate. Maguire is a great player and he’s been a fantastic servant for England so far so long may that continue for him.”
Rice’s comments on Maguire came after he had already given a well-measured response regarding England’s apparent ‘discipline’ issue at the moment.
West Ham fans lauded their player on social media after catching wind of the comments, praising his leadership and maturity:
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) October 14, 2020
— James #GSBOUT (@DeclanSZN) October 14, 2020
Absolute legend rate him so much I hope he doesn’t go
— rhd_Blitz (@AlfieBraginton) October 14, 2020
Future England Captain 👍🏻⚒
— Eddie (@eddiegav) October 14, 2020
— WSAS (@W_SAS_) October 14, 2020
I think a lot of people forget that he’s still growing into his role. He’s not perfect, but he’s constantly improving and carries himself with an air of confidence beyond his years
— Christopher (@tenshiryuu) October 14, 2020
The way Declan Rice handles himself on and off the pitch reminds me a lot of Joshua Kimmich (who’s already touted as a future captain of Bayern and Germany). On the pitch both are the best DM in their respective countries, off pitch they handle themselves way ahead of their age.
— burnum81 (@burnum81) October 14, 2020
— John Roberts (@johno_67) October 14, 2020
Future England Captain.
— Jonny Telstra (@jonnytelstra) October 14, 2020
Articulate, engaging, confident and proud. I haven’t wanted a player to do well this much for a long time.
— HAMMERDREAD ⚒ (@HAMMERDREAD) October 14, 2020
Always happy to talk after games. Never looks phased.
— Graham Cox ⚒ (@Greenironcox) October 14, 2020
Incredible maturity for one so young, these press interviews can’t be easy.
— Graham Smith (@gsmith1959) October 15, 2020