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England’s Euro 2020 hopes rest on the performances of Declan Rice knitting together the Thre Lions midfield, according to Danny Murphy.

Captain Harry Kane is under huge pressure to get the goals England need to fire them to victory but Murphy believes having a dependable presence in the middle of the park is even more crucial.

The former England international has compared West Ham star Rice to Chelsea’s Champions League and World Cup winning midfielder N’Golo Kante.

“It might surprise a few, but the key for England to have success for me, is Declan Rice,” Murphy told Freebets.com.

“The reason I say is that, if you look at most successful teams at international and club level, the holding player is so key.


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“You think of Kante in this season’s Champions League final, Kante in the World Cup, your Fabinho’s, Fernandinho’s, Carrick at United, these type of players don’t just do the defensive work really well, but they keep things ticking along, they do so much work that goes unnoticed.

“For England’s front players to shine, they’ve got to be good defensively. What Declan’s progressed with this season, is that he’s not just a break-upper of play, he’s got that wonderful athleticism where he can play more progressively with his passing.”

Murphy’s only worry with Rice is the spell he had out of the West Ham team due to injury towards the end of the season:

“He’s missed a bit of the end of last season and although he came back for the last few games of the league, it will be interesting to see where he’s at physically, but I think if he plays well, it gives us a hell of a platform to get our front players working,” he said.

Murphy rates Rice as more important to the team than World Cup golden boot winner Kane or defensive lynchpin Harry Maguire.

“The reason he’s so important for me, is that he is going to start in that role, he is going to be the main man because Henderson isn’t fit and Phillips doesn’t have that experience,” he said. “If Declan’s not at it, I think we could in trouble.

“For me, he’s the bigger key than someone like Maguire. A centre-half can come in, stay back and be defensive. For two of the three games, we should dominate possession, but Declan in the middle of the park, I think is going to be key to our success.

“Of course Kane, yes, he’s got to score goals and be at it, Stones will be important and Pickford as well down the spine, but Declan for me has got a massive role in this tournament.”



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Murphy has high hopes for England this tournament and cannot wait to see the young members of Gareth Southgate’s squad in action

“I’m excited actually, for lots of reasons,” he said.

“I always think the Euros is a higher level than the World Cup, most games are really watchable, and most games are really competitive.

“I think from an England point of view, I think for the first time in quite a long time there’s been such excitement around the talent of the squad and what we’re capable of.

“(That) doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll achieve it, of course, but there are so many talented young players we’ve seen this season that can play with freedom and express themselves.”





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