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Declan Rice lavishes praise on Gareth Southgate after England debut

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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One small damper on the evening was that Eric Dier was withdrawn 17 minutes into the game.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.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 22: Raheem Sterling of England celebrates as he scores his team’s fourth goal and completes his hat trick during the 2020 UEFA European Championships Group A qualifying match between England and Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium on March 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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.

Related: Raheem Sterling’s advice to England teammate Jadon Sancho

Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi broke a long-standing England record vs Czech Republic



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