Declan Rice is a very good defensive midfielder, every West Ham fan will say that and so will most other neutral fans in English football. Rice, 20, earned his fourth England cap on Saturday against Bulgaria and while it was not a poor display by the Hammers enforcer, it was perhaps a match that Gareth Southgate did not need to play him in. Bulgaria are a team that England should be winning against without many problems. While the East European nation are bound to push forward and have the odd chance, playing Rice as well as Jordan Henderson, who has adpoted a more reserved role at Liverpool, is way too conservative. One of Henderson or Rice would have been fine from the off and Southgate should have added more flair and creativity to a midfield three that was perhaps better suited to a game against a nationa that represents a greater attacking risk.
ForeverWestHam has rounded up some of the best tweets below:
What does Declan Rice do that Eric Dier doesn’t?
Both not good enough, IMO!!
— Jason Marquis (@thebigjase) September 7, 2019
Good first half. Been impressed with Declan Rice. Should be more than 1-0 up tho
— Taylor (@Taylor16i) September 7, 2019
Declan rice annoys me, also so overhyped.
— Broggs (@Broggybroggs) September 7, 2019
Declan Rice is England’s version of Andre Gomes. Way way too conservative in his passing.
At home to Bulgaria especially, he’s just a waste of a selection #ENGBUL
— Ben Rennie (@TipsterRennie) September 7, 2019
Declan Rice is bang average..
— Michael Brown (@michaelbrown11) September 7, 2019
Declan Rice is a Btec Eric Dier
— Jay (@Wolvesjay90) September 7, 2019
Dont rate Declan Rice one bit
— Ryan James H (@RyanHallett12) September 7, 2019
Don’t see the point in playing Declan Rice today. He’s a reasonable player but doesn’t ever make a forward or incisive pass
— Ashley Burtoft (@AshBurty) September 7, 2019