Declan Rice revealed that England’s loss in the Euro 2020 final to Italy is his “lowest point of my career”, adding that everyone was “disappointed. The Azzurri won the Euro 2020 football matches last year at Wembley Stadium after the Three Lions missed three penalties to make it 3-2 as Giorgio Chiellini’s second-half equalizer led to the first shootout in a Euro final since 1976.
“That’s my lowest point that I’ve ever felt in football,” the West Ham midfielder told Gary Neville in The Overlap podcast, adding that the England dressing room was ‘quiet’ and ‘shocked’ after the disappointing defeat. “We’d done so well the whole summer as players, as lads, we genuinely thought it was ours to lose. That feeling. Even now I can visualize it, standing there watching the penalties.”
Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka did not score their spot-kicks that led to Italy’s win. It also prompted to racist abuse on social media after the game. Rice described the impact of the abuse on the England squad as “absolutely terrible, because after the game, [the] three were distraught because they’d missed the penalties and they’re three top lads, I couldn’t say enough about them.”
“For that to come out after what we had been through as a country and as a nation, everyone was disappointed more than anything that some people could say that kind of stuff,” he added. Meanwhile, talking about his future in his Premier League side, the 23-year-old revealed he was close to being released by West Ham.
“It was a 50/50 decision. Half of the coaches were saying ‘Keep him on’ and half of the coaches were saying ‘We’re not too sure what’s going to happen,” he said. Rice has been a key player for David Moyes’ side this season. He also wore the captain’s armband in numerous games in the absence of Mark Noble. Manchester City has recently expressed its interest in acquiring Rice.
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