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Declan warns Three Lions

Declan Rice has warned the Three Lions will need to up their performance against the Czech Republic in tomorrow night’s Euro clash.

The match will give Irons fans a fascinating opportunity of making a comparison between the Hammers captain – in Mark noble’s absence – and his midfield partner Tomas Soucek.

But one thing is for sure a much better performance than that against Scotland will be required if England are to get a victory over a very good team!

As things stand England need a point from the game  to secure second place in the group and a round of 16 against the Group E runners-up – Sweden, Slovakia, Spain or Poland.

England were ok against the Croatians but have managed just ione goal in two games with captain Harry Kane looking way off colour and Declan himself playing a sideways and backwards passing game against the Scots.

And commenting at uefa.com on what will be required Declan said: “I think these are games where we’re at home and we should be winning and we as players know that, but credit to Scotland,”

“We need to improve, we need to keep trying to get better and analyse it and obviously the Czech Republic game on Tuesday is massive.

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Declan Rice in action for England against Scotland


“We work every day on how we want to play and what we want to do, but Scotland nailed their game plan and they nullified Harry Kane, who is a world-class goalscorer. We want to get the ball to him and we want him to score our goals because he’s a top player.

“We need to stay positive and not be too negative and down on ourselves. Now maybe in the press, on social media and with the fans, there might be an overreaction and stuff, but we need to stay focused, get back to the drawing board, analyse and get ready for the Czech Republic game.”

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6 comments on “Declan warns Three Lions

  1. Regurgitation of the usual soundbites. Harry Kane’s world class. We should win but credit to Scotland who outplayed and outperformed us through desire alone. Blah blah blah.

    Hope the boy becomes clever enough to realise the difference between a proper manager like Moyes and a puppet like Southgate.

  2. master
    June 21, 2021 at 9:33 am

    couldn’t agree more

  3. Agree I’ve been saying I can’t believe before started after first game still a lot of Pundits had Czech Republic last in group or slight above Scotland. Turkey have talent but have been awful. Scotland have done well but Czech Republic have some talent & even where they lack star dust they make up for it with a real team togetherness & work rate. Which goes a long way in a Tournament when you don’t have long to work with each other.
    Souček has been class each game imo, Coufal slipped for goal tho keeper should of done better but other then that has been very bright & he didn’t use to be main starter either until after move. Kral come on looked sharp last game should of passed tho, Boril etc. Then Shick tall strong but mobile CF thought was brilliant at Sampdoria, then Roma move didn’t work out, but looking good in Bundesliga again. Him & Coufal Souček link up well. Big CF but good with his feet & I think Moyes is probably thinking about him I would be, think suit our style use to 4231 with Souček & Coufal. Tho I don’t think it was a pen he delivered it so well didn’t know which way he was going. & Without Nobes playing we need that.
    But we need to be weary that said we should Alos go for bc their Keeper has done well but isn’t a regular at club if we test him enough we can get through from open play & using our pace passing & skill imo bc from set pieces we know they cam defend.

  4. It was interesting listening to Jürgen Klinsmann’s take on the England performance. His view was that it wasn’t a big deal, and it is laughable to think England have become rubbish overnight. Also that England didn’t lose and are capable of going all the way.
    It made me realise the mindset required at the highest level to progress, as typified by the German team who many felt were finished after their loss.
    If I was Declan and the rest of the team, I would pay no attention to the media, social media etc They just need to go out there and perform as we know they can. In this country, it takes milliseconds to go from Hero to Zero… So they all need to go out there and ignore the media for once.
    Funny that in 1966, Sir Alf Ramsey was disliked by the press as he wasn’t interested in having them around, and was seen as a *****ly character……way to go Gareth.

  5. Agree master. Declan shouldn’t be warning England team about their commitment – that is the one job of Gareth Southgate. COYI

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