Declan Rice has told The Evening Standard that he is desperate to play alongside Tottenham Hotspur ace Harry Winks against after the West Ham man and Winks combined for England in the middle of the park on Sunday night.
Winks netted his first England goal with a sumptuous first touch and finish. Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Mason Mount also got their names on the score sheet as England cruised into the Euro 2020 finals with ease.
Rice, who is worth £100million (Express), has struggled to reach the level of form he was showing last season for the Hammers – but Gareth Southgate has seen past that and continues to select the former Chelsea academy player in his England squads.
Despite the rivalry between West Ham and Tottenham and the fact that the two sides play against eachother on Saturday afternoon at the London Stadium, Rice was full of praise for Tottenham star Winks after the match.
“A lot of people of the outside see it competition but I’m really good friends with Harry Winks and when he plays I’m happy for him,” said Rice.
“I played with him for the first time last night and we were speaking afterwards saying how much we enjoyed it. We were both want to keep the ball, keep it simple. To play with him last night and form that connection was good. It’s healthy.”
TBR’s view – Would a Winks and Rice partnership work?
No. Putting aside club rivalries, the two players are far too similar and playing both of them would slow the game down and reduce England’s chances of scoring and winning matches.
Southgate has made it clear with his team selections that he wants a four-man defence, meaning a three-man midfield is likely. Winks’ started and finished both games during the break.
Playing Winks at the base of the midfield alongside Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and either Mason Mount of Chelsea or James Maddison of Leicester would be England’s best midfield three.