Read the latest 2022 Qatar World Cup news here.

'They don't need to be': West Ham star Declan Rice sends emphatic World Cup message to England fans

Featured

'They don't need to be': West Ham star Declan Rice sends emphatic World Cup message to England fans

West Ham United star Declan Rice has made a bold rallying cry to the England fans ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Rice is one of a number of West Ham players who will be participating at the 2022 World Cup, but seven of our first-team regulars won’t be heading out to Qatar due to their countries failing to qualify for FIFA’s showpiece tournament.

The Hammers midfielder is expected to play a really key role for Gareth Southgate’s England side out in Qatar this winter.

READ…News coming out of England training camp should concern West Ham fans

As is nearly always the case, England are one of the pre-tournament favourites, behind only Brazil, France and Argentina.

Photo by Eddie Keogh – The FA/The FA via Getty Images

However, the Three Lions have been far from convincing in their last few games.

England have drawn two and lost two of their last four games, including a 4-0 hammering at home to Hungary in June. There are questions being asked of Gareth Southgate as to whether he’s good enough to guide our nation to a trophy. Declan Rice has shared why he believes there is no need to worry about the boss or the players though…

Declan Rice sands England World Cup message to the fans

In spite of the poor performances we have had to endure as England fans over the past few decades, we still enter every major tournament with hope.

In spite of that, the last four games – especially the 4-0 defeat to Hungary, have certainly dampened expectations.

Rice spoke to talkSPORT, and responded when asked whether the England fans should be despondent heading into the World Cup after the concerning recent run of results:

Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images

I don’t think they need to be, after 2018, getting to a final and getting to a final last summer, losing one game in football isn’t the end of the world. If you look at the exciting players we’ve got and squad we have, and how well the manager cares for us and his staff. We’re all on the same page, we’re all looking forward to a World Cup and we’re all positive. We’re ready to really go and attack it, these next two games coming up are massive. There’s a bigger picture with the World Cup and the end goal is to lift the World Cup.

That’s certainly an encouraging soundbite but actions speak louder than words, and the proof will be in the pudding this summer.

England have been really poor recently, and the pressure is on Gareth Southgate to get the best out of what is a really exciting young group of players.

England head to the World Cup in Qatar under the heavy weight of the expectations of a nation that hasn’t seen success since 1966.

Let’s hope that that all changes out in Qatar. And Declan Rice is clearly confident that he and the current crop of England players can achieve success at the 2022 World Cup.

Read also:

Time for Moyes to bite the bullet and start 29-year-old West Ham ace every single week

Belgium international leaves door open to joining West Ham on a free transfer in 2023