Declan Rice was the ‘rock’ that the England win over Wales was built upon, according to the Mirror writer Andy Dunn.

Finally, someone in the media has highlighted just how important Declan Rice is to this England team.

Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane are all match-winners. But the 23-year-old West Ham star is the heartbeat of Gareth Southgate’s side, there is no doubt about that.

Dec has played a key role for the Three Lions for there past two years now, and he is clearly undroppable.

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Rice is undoubtedly one of the first names on Southgate’s team-sheet.

And Andy Dunn has explained why…

Declan Rice the ‘rock’ England win over Wales was built upon

The Mirror’s chief sports writer Andy Dunn lavished praise upon Rice after his display against Wales last night.

Dunn wrote:

It will be buried beneath the praise for Phil Foden, camouflaged by the acclaim for Marcus Rashford but the performance from Rice – for the hour he was on the field – was one of the rocks this emphatic victory was built upon. He was immense.

The Welsh approach was so cautious in the first half that Rice felt compelled to try and be creative as well as destructive and was responsible for prompting a couple of decent England attacks.

Make no mistake, there is a world-class box-to-box midfielder in Rice and he has been developing that aspect of his game under David Moyes at West Ham. For now, though, when on England duty, he is mainly on sentry duty and, for that, Harry Maguire and John Stones must be deeply grateful.

Declan Rice the 'rock' England win over Wales was built upon
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Quite brilliantly put, I must say.

The 23-year-old has gone from strength to strength over the past year or so for club and country.

It is a sign of Dec’s maturity that he has the discipline to sit back and protect this backline, whilst allowing others to take the headlines.

Declan Rice was superb as England beat Wales in the 2022 World Cup out in Qatar last night.

And Andy Dunn’s piece on the 23-year-old West Ham ace was absolutely spot on.

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