Declan Rice insists that the transfer saga surrounding a number of players in the England squad will not serve as a distraction. England faces Germany in the Round of 16 in one of the biggest games of the player’s career. Reports suggest that Manchester City has made £100m for Harry Kane as well as considering a move for Jack Grealish. Manchester United is also in advanced talks with Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho. Rice himself is linked with a move to Chelsea while Arsenal has been linked with Kieran Trippier, Raheem Sterling, and Ben White. England manager Gareth Southgate has requested the squad to keep the transfer talks till after Euro 2020 with the squad buying into the plan.
“There is speculation, but the main focus is country, trying to win this tournament,” England midfielder Declan Rice said. “If players want to move, then that can be sorted after the tournament. Gareth has always said you have to be strictly focused on England, and whatever happens at your club takes care of itself after the tournament.”
Rice also revealed that the squad would like to help their manager get his revenge for his loss to Germany in Euro 1996. Southgate infamously missed a penalty for England to send them crashing out of the competition. The manager described himself as the man who shattered a nation’s dream in his autobiography.
“Yeah, it’s tough,” admits Rice. “I’m sure Gareth is going to want to get his own revenge with that. “He missed a penalty. Everyone misses penalties. I missed one-two days before the end of the season. That’s football. But for Gareth, I’m sure he’s ready, and I hope we can do it for him so that he can get his own revenge.”