Rice disappointed by England exit

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 7th June 2019

Declan Rice admitted to being bitterly disappointed by England's departure from the Nations League last night.

England were dumped out of the competition after going down 3-1 to the Netherlands in extra time - having been denied a win when Marcus Rashford's 88th minute striker was ruled out for offside by VAR.

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And Rice - who was replaced by Dele Alli with the score at 2-1 to the Dutch - told ITV Sport that he was "gutted" by England's elimination from the tournament. "It's tough. I'm lost for words," he said.

"First half, we went out there and tried to play our stuff and we obviously had the lead, which I thought was deserved. Holland didn't really create any chances at all.

"Then, the second half, we just kind of sat back and we didn't do what we did in the first half. We didn't get up in their faces and make it difficult.

"They got the equaliser from a corner, which is gutting because we work on them day in, day out, and obviously that VAR controversy again, which was really tight and might have changed the game a bit.

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"We cost ourselves the game with two mistakes - and I'm gutted about it. John Stones, and that's his game, he takes risks. It doesn't matter that he's done that, we're all behind him. We all know we make mistakes in football."

Rice, who was making his third appearance for England having switched allegiance from Ireland earlier this year now faces the consolation of potentially winning a fourth cap against Switzerland in the third-place play off.

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