England ease past Czech Republic
West Ham midfielder Declan Rice made his England debut on Friday vs Czech Republic.
The tie was England’s first group game and they could not have asked for a better result.
Raheem Sterling bagged a hat-trick, earning himself man of the match.
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Harry Kane would also convert from the spot with England’s fifth of the night an own goal from Thomas Kalas.
One small damper on the evening was that Eric Dier was withdrawn 17 minutes into the game.
Southgate now expects Dier to return to Tottenham and miss England’s upcoming game vs Montenegro.
Dier ruled out of the Montenegro game. “I think he will go back to his club. Hopefully not too serious, bit of a muscular injury,” Southgate said after the win over Czech. “If Eric is the only injury I don’t think we’ll call anyone else in. We’ll review that on Saturday.” #COYS pic.twitter.com/1N87JcQO4p
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Rice praises Southgate
Luckily for England, they have another top midfielder waiting in the wings.
Declan Rice made his England debut at just 19 years of age and didn’t look out of place at all. He came on in the 63rd minute for Dele Alli.
After making his England debut, Rice has been heaping praise on Gareth Southgate.
Rice was particularly impressed with Southgate’s man-management skills and his treatment of young players such as himself:
“You hear a lot of stuff about how good he is at man-management and how he is with the players, and I have to say he has been top drawer with me.
“He gives you the confidence to go out and play, and he wants you to express yourself.
“You see tonight he gave Callum Hudson-Odoi his debut as well. He is not afraid, and I think that is really good for the young English players coming through.”As quoted by West Ham’s official website.
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