Declan Rice has hit back at a Twitter troll after the West Ham midfielder was slammed for his latest display in an England shirt.
Rice, 20, earned his fifth cap for the Three Lions on Tuesday night when Gareth Southgate’s side won 5-3 against Kosovo in a Euro 2020 qualifier at Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium.
However it would appear that Rice failed to impress a lot of England supporters on social media, one of whom directly told the midfielder that he should stop passing the ball straight to the opposition.
Rice responded to the troll, saying that he is still working hard on cutting out mistakes and improving his game.
“We all make mistakes. Part & parcel of the game. I will learn from it & improve,” said the Irons midfielder via his personal Twitter account on Tuesday night.
Rice plays in one of those positions that some supporters simply find it hard to appreciate. Being a midfielder isn’t all about contributing to attacking phases of the game and showing off good vision and range of passing. Each midfielder has different roles and Rice’s is perhaps the least glamorous as he sits deep and tries to break up opposition attacks more than anything else. It is good that Rice admitted that he didn’t have a good game on Tuesday night because his display was a lot worse than his outing against Bulgaria on Saturday. According to stats by WhoScored, Rice won just two tackles against Kosovo whereas against Bulgaria he won four. His pass accuracy also dropped from 97 per cent to 92 per cent and went from completing three dribbles to not completing any against Kosov. Rice wasn’t as good on Tuesday as he was on Saturday but Kosovo have shown they can be a better team than Bulgaria. Rice is still a young player though and fans should not be too hard on him just yet.