The Lowdown: England through to World Cup quarter-finals
Goals from Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka sealed victory for Gareth Southgate’s side and secured their place in the quarter-finals of the tournament. Next Saturday, the Three Lions take on World Cup holders France for a place in the semi-finals.
Looking back at Sunday’s victory, Rice ended up earning plenty of praise for his display despite not getting on the scoresheet.
The Latest: Praise for Rice
Taking to Twitter, journalist Sam Inkersole singled out the West Ham captain for praise over his efforts for England against Senegal.
He said of the 23-year-old Irons star: “He has barely been mentioned but that’s, arguably, how it should be – Declan Rice has bossed this. Ridiculously good. #ENG“
The Verdict: Solid performance from Rice
Playing the full 90 minutes against Senegal, Rice had 65 touches of the ball in total and completed 52 of the 55 passes that he attempted. This left him with a passing accuracy percentage of 95%, the highest in the entire England team.
The West Ham captain, who has played more minutes in the tournament than any other England midfielder, also won three of his six ground duels and made one tackle, one interception and one clearance.
The Evening Standard also picked up on the midfielder’s performance by saying in their player ratings: “A disciplined display allowed others play their football while he anchored in midfield. He did get one of his West Ham-style surges down the right where he produced a good cross. Rice clearly showed he belongs at this level but let others shine.”
Taking all of that into account, it’s safe to say that, while he may have had a comparatively low-key performance against Senegal in relation to many of his team-mates, Rice once again showed how important he is for England.