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West Ham midfielder’s simplicity makes him a standout on the int’l stage – Opinion

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The West Ham midfielder also made more clearances than any other midfielder and registered the most blocks out of any player for the home nation.

It is a passage that takes 10 seconds to execute and sees Rice turn a potential Kosovo attack into a lethal counterattack for England, and it is moments like this that will see the West Ham man remain a part of Southgate’s side for years to come.

A fantastic game for the neutral and one of the most frantic England fixtures in years, the encounter on the south coast was an exciting way to cap off the first international break of the season, and for Declan Rice, it proved to be an important few matches where the West Ham youngster proved his worth in the squad.

Looking at the numbers from WhoScored, Rice’s simplicity in his game proved to be successful on the night, with the youngster attempting the second-most tackles for England as well as the second most interceptions.

To say England’s match against Kosovo was harder than expected would be something of an understatement.

Gareth Southgate’s side found themselves a goal down in just the opening minute, and although the Three Lions went into the break 5-1 up, Kosovo still managed to test the 2018 World Cup semi-finalists, bringing the game back to 5-3 before the final whistle blew.

Indeed, it is his involvement in the fourth goal of the evening, though, that truly highlights just how Rice’s game in the England team positively affects Southgate’s squad.
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