West Ham’s Declan Rice was savaged by Roy Keane for his performance for England versus Scotland.
The Three Lions struggled at Wembley, and Gareth Southgate’s same methods proved to be ineffective.
Rice was singled out for criticism by Keane, who said that he did not do enough to influence the game in an attacking way.
Keane went so far as to remark that Rice was “not good enough” during ITV’s live broadcast of the match last night.
“They’re all taking too many touches at the back,” he said.
“Rice is coming back, doing nothing. He’s coming back and giving sidewards passes. Not good enough.”
This is a harsh assessment of one man when the entire England team was unimpressive for 90 minutes last night.
Rice or Kalvin Phillips are constantly the targets of criticism, but the latter is the country’s new love child, thus our man has borne the brunt of the abuse.
Rice will be aware that it wasn’t good enough, but it was the entire team, not just him, and Keane has a habit of singling out one individual.
Southgate will have to review his tactics as well; you can’t just play the same tactics in every game and expect the same result.
Rice will improve, and he will not back down, but this criticism is harsh.