Roy Keane was not particularly impressed with West Ham midfielder Declan Rice’s first-half performance for England against the Czech Republic last night.
The ITV pundit said that both the 20-year-old and his midfield partner Jordan Henderson were anonymous during the opening 45 minutes of the 2-1 defeat in Prague:
“Henderson and Rice – they might as well sit with us in the studio.”
Rice is still learning the ropes at international level and the criticism from Keane was pretty harsh considering that England went in 1-1 at the break.
Ironically, with the Three Lions playing better in the second half, they conceded the winner with five minutes to go from international debutant Zdenek Ondrasek.
It was England’s first defeat in a qualifier for ten years so it’s hardly a disaster. They are also still top of the qualifying group, and while they are level on points with the Czech Republic, they have played a game less.
Manager Gareth Southgate will be hoping for an improved performance when they face Bulgaria in Sofia on Monday evening.