Roy Keane was extremely critical of West Ham ace Declan Rice’s display for England last night, when speaking during his appearance on ITV’s broadcast of the Three Lions’ Euro qualifying clash with the Czech Republic.

Gareth Southgate’s men ended up losing the match 2-1. They still sit top of the table on goal difference, however, and have a game in hand over the Czechs.

Rice earned his sixth international cap for England last night, but the Hammers man received criticism from some sections of the media for his performance.

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Declan Rice (Photo by PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)

The West Ham man has firmly established himself as one of the best holding midfielders in England over the past 15 months or so.

And perhaps too much is expected of the Hammers youngster. He is a precocious talent, but he cannot be expected to perform every single time he takes to the pitch.


Keane didn’t hold back in his criticism of Rice last night, however, as quoted by the Daily Mail:

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Roy Keane (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

“Henderson and Rice – they might as well sit with us in the studio.”

Rice just needs to keep his head down, work hard, and try to ignore critics like Keane.

The West Ham youngster has a great future in the game, but there will undoubtedly be bumps in the road along the way.

That’s just the way it is at the top. The Hammers youngster seems like he has the character needed to block out the critics and perform for his club and country, however.

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