Declan Rice cites England’s offensive talent as ‘gobsmacking’ as West Ham star insists Three Lions are on a mission to entertain ahead of clash with Poland
- Declan Rice has insisted that England is on a mission to keep fans entertained
- Gareth Southgate has an array of offensive talents at his disposal in the squad
- Rice, 22, has described his English teammates’ ability as’ gobsmacking ‘
- The West Ham star says the Three Lions will be entertained this summer
Declan Rice has promised that the youth of England are on a mission to entertain and ready to build a reputation as winners.
There is a sense that an exciting team is poised to break out of Gareth Southgate’s squad and Rice has provided insight into the collective ability available to the coach by describing it as ‘gobsmacking’.
It was a bold claim, but the West Ham midfielder thinks the image is correct.
Declan Rice has insisted that England is on a mission to entertain and to want to be winners
Gareth Southgate hasn’t seen offensive talent in his squad since the golden generation
The last time such a buzz arose around an England squad was during the reign of Sven Goran Eriksson, when his squad was tagged as ‘the Golden Generation’, but Rice doesn’t believe Southgate’s group will get caught up in any hype.
The 22-year-old insists these players have room for improvement – the average age of the group chosen for these three matches against San Marino, Albania and Poland was only 24 years and three months – but he says untapped potential will not meet their ambitions. hinder. at Euro 2020 this summer.
“When I train, you step back and look at the attacking players we have,” Rice said.
Even though I’m a West Ham player, I always watch games and people like Phil Foden – he’s great to watch. You are amazed at the talent they have. But now it’s all about taking the international stage and putting it in a trophy. There has always been talk of the fall of the ” Golden Generation ”, but we don’t look too much into that.
Rice described his attacking teammates’ ability as’ gobsmacking ‘on Tuesday
The West Hamham captain has vowed that England’s youth will entertain supporters
‘We know we have quality in the squad and we have enough to beat any team in the world.
‘It’s just about the day. Can we act? There is a lot of pressure in tournaments. Can we stick to the plan and put on a show? ‘
That’s why it’s so important on Wednesday’s Wembley date against Poland.
Southgate wants the work England has done at Pennyhill Park over the past week to take shape and help them on their way to the World Cup.
Rice added that England wants to convert their talent into silverware in the coming years
Sunday’s 2-0 win in Albania was a war of attrition, but there is now a chance for England to express themselves and Rice believes the team has a duty to delight TV viewers.
“The fans want to be entertained,” Rice said. ‘They don’t want to watch a boring game, they want to see the flair players, the attacking players who light it up, but winning is just as important.
‘I always say that when I don’t have the best games, I still try to do everything I can to make sure we get the win – so I think it’s about getting that balance. No disdain for San Marino and Albania, but it will be a real step forward and closer to the opposition that we will face in the euros.
“It’s a real opportunity to go out and make a statement and put in a good performance.”