Declan Rice makes honest admission on England Euro 2024

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Declan Rice makes honest admission on England Euro 2024 squad after Jack Grealish snub.

Declan Rice is seeking the antidote for a painful condition with no known cure winning the Euros.

With to make up for the anguish of missing out on the title. Arsenal ’s £105 million linchpin admitted the Gunners’ near-miss with the Premier League crown was “really tough to swallow” last month.

But as the old man of England’s midfield at 25, he is by far the most experienced player in Gareth Southgate ’s engine room. Rice is also relishing the responsibility of ending the Three Lions’ 58-year wait for major tournament success.

Little more than 12 months ago, Rice was lifting West Ham ’s first trophy in 43 years.

Now he is England’s indispensable heartbeat, with Southgate cheerfully trying to solve his conundrum in the middle of the pitch as “Declan and who?”

Rice conced that “life comes at you fast” as he absorbed the enormity of his career accelerating from jellie eel heartlands to the top table. But he admitted: “Straight after the end of the season, I said to to my mum and dad that the only thing that would get me over not winning the Premier League is winning the Euros.

“It was really tough to swallow that we missed out by only two points, but now there’s this beautiful opportunity in front of us to go and do something special.

“To do that I think would be one of the pinnacles of football, to win something for your country. There’s a long way to go, seven big games in a tournament, but my full focus is on that.

“I’ve obviously been in my first title race this season and I now understand the pressures and the big moments you have to go through. My respect levels were high but they went through the roof in terms of ( Manchester City ) winning four in a row.