The Declan Rice and Jordan Henderson debate has now surely been shut down for good. In fairness, it was only Liverpool fans who compared their player with the West Ham man.

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Now we have an emphatic answer, however.

The Hammers star was sensational for England against Italy last night.

Gareth Southgate incomprehensibly hooked Dec with around 20 minutes remaining, however, in order to bring on Liverpool midfielder Henderson.

The Three Lions were quite simply a different team when Rice went off.

Henderson was sluggish and wasteful in possession. The 31-year-old failed to close down the Italians with the same tenacity as Rice.

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Declan Rice is consoled by teammate Jordan Henderson following the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final between Italy and England at Wembley (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

And things went downhill for us fast as a consequence.

It was a only a few days ago when the Liverpool Echo were calling for Henderson to start the final in place of Rice.

It was a ridiculous claim at the time and that suggestion now looks laughable.

 

Declan Rice and Jordan Henderson debate settled

The Liverpool Echo praised Rice after last night’s game although it was clearly reluctant as they chose to highlight a moment in the first-half when Federico Chiesa skipped past him:

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England hero Declan Rice (Photo by ALBERTO LINGRIA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

“Alert to everything, he was repeatedly in the right place to clear low crosses and cutbacks and on the Italians’ toes, stealing back possession on a number of occasions, though was caught out by Chiesa’s quick toes on one occasion in the first half.”

The Liverpool Echo’s comments on Henderson then proved that their bias is still alive and kicking:

“Provided much-needed energy as England looked to finish the game strongly but his passing was a little loose at times. Then withdrawn in the last minute as both eyes turned to penalties. Probably for the best.”

Much needed energy?

We must have been watching a different game. It was exactly that that England lacked when the 31-year-old Liverpool man replaced Rice.

Perhaps we’re being biased as well. Who knows.

Alongside Luke Shaw, we think Dec was the best player on the pitch last night.

The Liverpool Echo clearly saw what all the hype was about last night. Although they still failed to give the West Ham star the praise he so rightly deserves.

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