Declan Rice pledges to drink his first EVER pint of beer if England win Euro 2020 this summer, but jokes he will ‘probably spit it out’… and the West Ham star hopes the Covid rules will be lifted so fans can cheer them on
English star Declan Rice has revealed how he would be celebrating England’s Euro 2020 glory – with his very first pint of beer.
The West Ham midfielder is preparing for his first major tournament ever and is expected to play a key role in Gareth Southgate’s midfield after an impressive season with the Hammers.
The Three Lions are one of the favorites to win the European Championship – especially as their group stage matches are held at Wembley – as well as the semi-finals and final if they make it.
Declan Rice has revealed how he would be celebrating England’s Euro 2020 this summer
The West Ham star says he will drink his first-ever pint of beer if England claims victory overwinning
Rice hopes his first foray into a major international tournament will be a memorable one, and he’s already imagining roasting his first piece of silverware – and that of England’s since 1966.
‘You know what, to this day I’ve never had a beer and I’m 22! That’s the truth,” Rice said, via Target. ‘Never had a pint. Don’t drink it.
‘Not really [a drinker]. But a pint? No. I know it’s off topic, but I’ve never had a beer. People are surprised. I just don’t like the smell of it, so I’ve never been near it.’
Rice hopes to win the first trophy of his career in his first international tournament
When asked if he would try the drink if England were victorious at Wembley on July 11, Rice added: “Yes. I’ll try – but I’ll probably spit it out!’
Supporting England this summer will be a slightly different experience, with Covid protocols still in effect across the country. Fans will be allowed to attend matches in limited capacity if they can prove they’ve had both doses of the vaccine, or a rapid PCR test, while supporters can also watch in pubs.
But Rice hopes the UK can lift the rest of the restrictions if Boris Johnson green-lights ‘Freedom Day’ on June 21 – when all social distancing could be scrapped as hospital admissions and deaths continue to fall.
Rice expected to play a key role for England in midfield under boss Gareth Southgate
He hopes that the lockdown can be lifted completely this summer so that supporters can cheer on the team team
The emergence of the Delta variant has cast doubt on the day ahead – although Rice believes the nation will “buzz” if they can properly encourage the team, and thinks it would benefit the team immensely.
“If Boris lifts the lockdown and the games are in full swing on the 21st, the nation will be buzzing,” he added.
‘All the songs fly into the bars and of course we play. We will all definitely feel the positive effects on the nation.”