‘What a player’ – how Grealish, Lineker and Southgate rated Declan Rice’s England performances

England’s worldwide window might hardly have gone any higher, bar one John Stones mistake Gareth Southgate’s staff had been ruthlessly environment friendly of their three wins.

A 5-0 win in opposition to San Marino was adopted by a 2-0 victory in Albania and lastly, three factors had been secured after a 2-1 win at house to Poland.

Southgate’s males sit high of the World Cup qualifying desk with 9 factors from three matches and firmly in charge of their group.

For the West Ham contingent within the England squad, the worldwide break was equally as profitable. First Jesse Lingard returned to the fold and put in a Player of the Match efficiency in opposition to San Marino earlier than Declan Rice took the limelight within the following two outings.

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What his teammates stated

The 22-yr-previous was the star of each the 2 harder worldwide video games and gained again-to-again Player of the Match awards, a lot to the delight of his England teammates.

Injured England star Jack Grealish reacted on Instagram saying: “What a participant mannnnn.”

Raheem Sterling had a well mannered request for Rice: “Can the others additionally get one typically please?”

While Rice’s England midfield associate Kalvin Phillips wrote: “Serious participant!” in reply to Rice’s submit about his second Player of the Match award.

Declan Rice's Instagram post got a number of responses from his England teammates

Declan Rice’s Instagram submit received a variety of responses from his England teammates

What Gary Lineker stated

It was not simply Rice’s teammates who had been impressed along with his worldwide performances. Former England captain Gary Lineker replied to journalist Paul Hayward’s reward on Twitter, with Lineker saying: “He’s critically good is Declan Rice.”

He’s critically good is @_DeclanRice https://t.co/yaaBC4ZqNW

— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker)

What Gareth Southgate stated

“He’s a unbelievable participant to work with and he actually desires to be taught and to enhance. To be captain of his membership at such a younger age tells you all it’s essential to know actually about his persona and his character.”

Southgate added: “He’s performed some good qualifiers for us now as effectively, so we’re constructing these experiences with him and he’s been a crucial participant for us during the last couple of years.”

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What Rice stated

After his first award, Rice stated: “Thank you to everybody for all of the assist it means a lot. Hopefully, many extra to return.”

And the midfielder’s hopes had been rapidly answered with a second award in 4 days: “Three wins out of three. Top week with the boys and to win this once more ain’t too dangerous. Thank you for all of the assist.”

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What the nationals have stated

The Independent’s Mark Critchley wrote of Rice:

“Despite solely having 15 caps to his identify, already seems like one of many first names on Southgate’s staff sheet.”

Writing in The Guardian Jacob Steinberg awarded Declan Rice the Man of the Match award and stated: “The 22-yr-previous impressed once more on the coronary heart of midfield. Positionally astute, sturdy within the sort out and desirous to drive ahead.

Daniel Blackham was extraordinarily impressed with Rice calling him undroppable within the Mirror: “Declan Rice had a good recreation enjoying as one in every of two central defensive midfielders in a 4-2-3-1 formation, and appeared to relish the brand new function.

“Rice was continually hoovering up any free balls in entrance of England’s field, and refused to let Poland get a whiff of objective.

“Whenever he did choose up the ball, he at all times seemed to create house earlier than enjoying a move forwards, one thing England have usually been criticised for avoiding previously.

“If Southgate is to play a 4-2-3-1 formation on the Euros, Rice will certainly be undroppable.”

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