Following recent criticism to Gareth Southgate, England star Declan Rice has jumped in defence of his side’s style of player.
England midfielder Declan Rice has insisted that Gareth Southgate’s team are entertaining to watch despite recent criticism of their playing style.
The Three Lions brushed off San Marino 5-0 last week in the opening game of their World Cup qualifying campaign. They followed that up with a 2-0 win over Albania. Regardless of their wins, some believe that the Three Lions are at times too cautious and have yet to hit top gear ahead of this summer’s rescheduled Euros.
Southgate’s side take on Poland this evening in their final World Cup qualifier of the international break. As per Declan Rice, they won’t be going out of their way to prove doubters wrong.
“I think in Gareth’s mind you can’t go too attacking” the West Ham midfielder said as per The Independent.
“You can’t go all out all the time, because the opposition have got quality and can hurt you.”
“There is a lot of talk around not needing two holding midfielders, why not play six attackers? I kind of understand why the manager sometimes doesn’t do that. There has to be that balance between the two.”
“We have control of the ball, we try to move the ball really quickly, try to shift the teams from side to side and then look for openings.
“I think we are a really entertaining team to watch. I think people complain all the time and say that we are not, but I think we have really improved as a group over the past couple of years.”