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Rice eyes Nations League spot

Filed: Tuesday, 14th May 2019
By: Staff Writer

England hopeful Declan Rice says that he "couldn't have wished for a better season".

The 20-year-old midfielder emerged as a genuine, international class player during the 2018/19 season - despite having been dropped following the opening day defeat at Anfield against League runners-up Liverpool.

And Rice - who is Dubai-bound for a short summer break - insists that he hopes to cap a tremendous personal campaign with a call-up to Gareth Southgate's next England squad, which will be revealed later this week.

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"Of course I want to be in that England squad - and thatís what Iím hoping for," Rice told whufc.com. "Thatís why I want it to be a short holiday. Iíve got to be prepared for anything, but Iíd be delighted with that.

"I donít think I could have wished for a better season. Iím delighted to have done what Iíve done and I canít wait to kick on again next season.

"We finished five points off seventh so if you look at it that way, itís gutting, but it was a great season. The lads have really worked hard and everyone deserves a really well-rested break."

England face the Netherlands in a Nations League semi final on 6 June in Portugal's EstŠdio D. Afonso Henriques.

Rice, who won his first two England caps earlier this season - against the Czech Republic and Montenegro - is widely-tipped to be included once again, having impressed on his debut at Wembley and subsequently in Podgorica, as England strolled to a 5-1 win.

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