‘I thought we were in control’ – Rice delivers verdict on England’s Nations League relegation

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England’s Declan Rice Credit: PA Images

England were relegated from their Nations League group after losing to Italy, but Declan Rice doesn’t think it’s all a disaster.

Gareth Southgate’s side knew they needed a result against Italy to retain their place in League A, but they eventually lost 1-0.

England are now on a five game winless streak which is not the ideal way to qualify for the World Cup later this year.

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Despite England’s recent struggles, Rice has remained positive about the direction England are heading.

rice says Channel 4“It’s obviously disappointing. In every tournament we participate in, we want to win the group, progress and win every game. We have slipped below our standards.

“I didn’t think everything was bad tonight, a chance for them, a goal.

“I thought we were controlling the game.”

Southgate’s side saw more ball with 56% possession, but that was without really creating many clear chances.

Giacomo Raspadori’s second-half goal was the difference between the two teams and was enough to relegate England from their group.

With the World Cup fast approaching, alarm bells have started to ring over England’s recent performances, but Rice is keeping a cool head.

He added: “We went through well, especially in the first half, we just lacked that edge at the end.

“It happens. Much better performances than in the summer.

“It’s not that we don’t create the chances.

“So many times we walked into the penalty area. Even I could have been vaccinated, instead of dropping it.

“I see it in training, there are goals for fun. Believe me, we’re going to be good.

England will have just one game left before heading to the World Cup in Qatar.

On Monday, Southgate’s side will face Germany and he will have his last chance to assess the team before making his final 26-man squad.

Some question marks have been raised over Southgate’s most recent selection, particularly the omissions of James Maddison and Jadon Sancho.

Despite the series of disappointing results, Southgate is keeping a cool head.

The England manager said Channel 4“I personally thought the performance is a step in the right direction. I completely understand because of the result that is not going to be the reaction.

“It’s a time when, ultimately, results will be the thing everyone reacts to, but I thought there were a lot of positives for us as a team tonight.”

The pressure will continue to mount on Southgate unless he is able to reverse this poor form.

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