Declan Rice revealed he is confident of celebrating Euro 2020 glory with a pint of beer. The holding midfielder recovered from a knee injury that almost ruled him out of the tournament. The England squad for Euro 2020 has a lot of depth but Declan Rice is all but assured of a starting place in the line-up. He has become an integral part of the lineup ever since he switched allegiance in 2018 from Ireland. Rice was seen celebrating England’s run to the semi-finals at the World Cup after his switch.
“Do you know what, until this day I have never had a beer and I am 22! That is the truth,” he said, smiling. “Never had a pint. Don’t drink it. Not really (a drinker). But a pint? No. I know it is off topic but I have never had a beer. People get surprised. I just don’t like the smell of it so I have never gone near it.”
“Yes. I will give it a try – but I will probably spit it out!” Rice said when asked if he would have a pint if England wins the Euros. “Honestly, the World Cup was buzzing. I remember watching the Panama game, the Tunisia game, Sweden game. It was incredible. The singing before the game, the national anthem. Just being a part of it. I was a fan of that tournament so to be part of this tournament is unbelievable.”
He was worried that he would miss the tournament after his injury. Rice complained that his knee felt “strange” before the match against Poland. His drive to come back and improve is what helped him come back from the injury.
“I’m a bit of a worrier,” said Rice, who fired off a post-match message to West Ham’s doctor. “He sent me for a scan and it came back when I was on my way home when I got the call from the physio saying I ruptured my LCL (lateral collateral ligament).”