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Hammers duo do the business on int’l duty!

Declan Rice started as England beat Albania 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday evening.

The Three Lions recorded their second win of the week after beating San Marino 5-0 in midweek.

On Sunday, goals from Harry Kane and Mason Mount proved decisive as England took control of their group.

Rice played the entire 90 minutes and was a calming presence in the centre of midfield, routinely taking the ball from the defence and circulating it around the midfield.

He often drove forward, too, as he went in search of a way to change the game.

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Jesse Lingard also came off the bench late on as England saw out the game with a minimum of fuss.

It remains to be seen if either of the two will play in midweek when the Three Lions take on Poland at Wembley.

Rice is a key member of the squad while Lingard has only just returned to Southgate’s setup.

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A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

6 comments on “Hammers duo do the business on int’l duty!

  1. Declan ? Didn’t put a foot wrong !

  2. Wish them all the very best. Hope they forget their England coached instructions on how to play the game when they come back. The West Ham way is so much more realistic and better. We don’t play San Marino, Albania, Andorra, Whitby or Truro. We have bigger fish to fry. Deliberate, static, pre-planned play has no place in Premier League.

  3. Any word on Antonio? Is he getting game time?

  4. I thought Rice had an excellent game yesterday, none of the pundits seem to acknowledge this. Even when they picked an attacking team for the Poland game Dec wasn’t in the starting 11. Which I found very surprising, he was one of the better players out there, i can only remember 1 misplaced pass throughout the whole game.

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