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Declan Rice started for England against Kosovo on Sunday evening.
The midfielder hasn’t been brilliant this term, averaging just a 6.83 rating on WhoScored this term, and in the build-up to the Three Lions’ match against the eastern European outfit Roy Keane didn’t hold back when giving his thoughts on the midfielder.
Keane was asked where he thinks Declan Rice needs to improve in order to secure his spot in Southgate’s team.
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“Where he needs to improve, where do you want me to start?” Roy Keane said on ITV’s coverage of the England game (17/11).
“His positional play, I don’t think he’s been consistent enough, he doesn’t stay with runners, he’s sloppy in possession, I can go on.
“He’s one of these players, a couple of months ago everyone was loving him, but he’s almost played his way out of the team because he’s been inconsistent at West Ham.”
This is just classic Keane isn’t it?
The former Manchester United man was as cynical as ever when ripping into the England international, but to be fair to him, he’s absolutely right about where Rice is lacking at the moment.
The West Ham man has under performed for the Hammers this term, and that has contributed to the London Club’s current poor league position.
Hopefully, he takes Keane’s criticism on board and gets to work on fixing some of these issues.