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Rice plays his part as England win

Declan Rice played his part as England thrashed Wales 3-0 to secure safe passage into the World Cup Round of 16.

The Three Lions will play Senegal on Sunday after confirming their progression into the knockout stages of the world’s biggest football tournament.

Rice started the game against the Welsh and anchored the midfield effectively, until he was replaced by Kalvin Phillips on 58 minutes.

That substitution suggests that manager Gareth Southgate believes he is a key player ahead of the knockout stages, and is likely to play a key role against Senegal and, potentially, in further games.

A brace from Marcus Rashford plus a goal from Phil Foden gave England victory, and suggests that they will potentially go deep into the competition.

Rice has consistently spoken of his disbelief to be playing for England at a World Cup and he was terrific against the Welsh, turning in a superb performance in midfield before his substitution.

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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.