Sky Sports has absolutely slated Declan Rice’s display but England boss Gareth Southgate and Henry Winter laud West Ham star.

Much of the talk about Rice going into the World Cup has surrounded his West Ham future.

There has been claim and counter claim about where West Ham captain Rice will be this time next year.

But the Hammers talisman is focused purely on emulating West Ham greats Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters by lifting the World Cup.

There has been excitement in England circles surrounding the new partnership between Rice and Jude Bellingham in central midfield.

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England took on Iran this afternoon in the opening group game and battered them 6-2.

Bellingham got the opening goal and was voted man of the match as West Ham’s midfield enforcer Rice sat back and gave him the freedom to express himself going forward.

Football is – as they say – a game of opinions.

Sky Sports absolutely slate Declan Rice display but England boss Gareth Southgate and Henry Winter laud West Ham star

And Rice may want to stay off Sky Sports for a while judging by their assessment of his performance.

Sky Sports absolutely slate Rice’s display but England boss Southgate and journalist Winter laud the West Ham star.

In their player ratings after England’s win, Sky Sports named Rice as England’s worst player giving him a score of 5/10 and delivering a damning verdict on the West Ham man.

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“Declan Rice – 5: A nervous performance from a usually reliable player,” Sky Sports state.

“Was easily beaten before an Iran break late in the first half, and was unable to stop the assist for Iran’s first goal. Gave the ball away too much in midfield for a player of his calibre.”

Rice’s manager Southgate described Rice as “excellent” on BBC after the game.

And respected journalist Winter took to Twitter to laud the West Ham star while his England teammates were taking the limelight.

“Declan Rice playing such an important role, covering, keeping the shape, intercepting and redistributing,” Winter said on Twitter.

“Such an intelligent player. #ENG excellent. 3-0 h-t.”

At least someone has a bit of sense.

Perhaps Sky Sports are just jealous this is yet another major football tournament they don’t have the rights to broadcast.

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