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Declan Rice lavishes praise on Gareth Southgate after England debut

25 March 2019

West Ham midfielder Rice made his Three Lions debut from the bench as Raheem Sterling's hat-trick inspired an emphatic opening to Euro 2020 qualification for Gareth Southgate's side at Wembley.

Jordan Henderson, Jadon Sancho and Dele Alli face fitness tests on Monday, leaving England with concerns for their European Qualifier away to Montenegro.

"I didn't know what to do". "We have to make sure our discipline is right and we focus on what we can affect".

"It was a brilliant team performance, we pressed, we made it hard for them, got the goals and were clinical", captain Kane said.

Jordan Henderson and Dele Alli started in midfield on Friday and while Alli is expected to keep his place, Henderson could be replaced by Ross Barkley.

"I am aware a poorly expressed comment I made when I was a junior player has been circulated on social media", he said. "I want to thank everybody for helping me get here".

After scoring his second goal and England's third, Sterling lifted his jersey to reveal a t-shirt that had a picture of him and the teenager, who died on Sunday after a battle with leukaemia.

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"I think people will recognise their own experiences at 15, 16 and that they're not mature [at that age]".

On his tribute to Dawkins, a Crystal Palace youth-team player, Sterling added: "Damary was a kid that I was trying to help and we thought that we found a donor and sadly it didn't match and he sadly passed away". Only in games played on a Sunday (4/4) does Southgate have a better 100%-win rate.

Against the Czech Republic, England didn't feature a Manchester United player in a competitive match for the first time since November 2007 against Croatia - they last failed to feature a United player in two consecutive competitive internationals in November 1990 (against Poland and the Republic of Ireland).

He wrote: "So many wonderfully talented players coming through".

Raheem Sterling's first worldwide hat-trick was complemented by Harry Kane's penalty and a Tomas Kalas own goal as England made a dream start to their European Championship campaign.

Asked whether Rice was an option to start in Dier's stead in Podgorica, Southgate answered in the affirmative and ruled out calling for any replacements at this stage.

Declan Rice lavishes praise on Gareth Southgate after England debut