Declan Rice believes there's plenty of positives to take from defeat to Denmark

Wednesday 14 Oct 2020
Declan Rice spoke about England's defeat to Denmark after the game

England midfielder Declan Rice admits it was a frustrating night for the Three Lions, after Wednesday's defeat against Denmark at Wembley, but there are still positive aspects to look back on.

A first-half penalty from Christian Eriksen, moments after Harry Maguire had been shown a red card for two cautions, was enough to seal thee points for the Danes to leave our UEFA Nations League group wide open going into November's final games.

But the West Ham man believes that despite the result, there were positives to take from the game with the way England rallied after the set-backs.

"Until the sending off happened, I thought we were playing really well and using the ball really well," he said.

"Reece James and Mason Mount were creating some great chances for us but we just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net.

"We knew if we carried on playing like that then a goal was coming, but then the red card and automatically the game then swings into their favour. From that point on it was just about getting to half time but the penalty happened. The task was then tougher.

"Gareth said to be strong, show our character, be resilient and work hard for each other at half time and in the second half we did that.

England suffered a disappointing end to October on Wednesday night

"I expected more from them, putting more players forward but we defended well. Kasper Schmeichel pulled off two great saves. Obviously it's a negative to lose but I think you can look positively on the way we performed in the second half.

"Steve Holland said before the game that top teams go and beat the best teams and come back the next game, a couple of days later. It was all set up for that, we started well and created some great chances but it swung in their favour."

Unfortunately the game ended on a sour note for England when Reece James, who'd been one of the best players on the night, was shown a red card after the final whistle for dissent towards the officials.

But Rice believes people should be looking at how impressive the Chelsea man was in the game itself and how bright that is for the future.

"Reece James looked like he'd been out here for 30-40 caps tonight," he said.

"I've been with him since U8s and I know he's capable of that, he's a fantastic young player and gives us another option going forward and I don't think that sending off should affect how positively we look at his performance."

By FA Staff