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Breaking News: Declan Rice shows true colours with response to James McClean criticism

Declan Rice, an England midfielder, has spoken his opinions following his criticism of former Republic of Ireland teammate James McClean during Euro 2024.

Declan Rice responded calmly to harsh remarks made by James McClean, a former teammate, who stated that the England player is “extremely overrated.”

The 25-year-old striker for Arsenal was singled out by McClean last week following criticism directed at the England team as a whole for their lacklustre displays against Denmark and Serbia to begin their Euro 2024 campaign.

While Rice refrained from retaliating, opting instead to highlight his past friendship with the experienced winger, he did wonder if McClean’s remarks were motivated by “bitterness” following his choice to abandon the Republic of Ireland in favour of England. Prior to committing to England in 2019, Rice played youth for Ireland and earned three caps for the senior squad.

When questioned about the remarks during a press conference in England, Rice responded, “Do you know what? I had three great games with James when we were playing for Ireland. I won’t just sit here and belittle him. He seemed like a pretty great man to me. He was clearly unhappy about a couple things I heard when I left Ireland to come to England. A few years back, he made some remarks.

“It is what it is.” I won’t sit here and talk negatively about him. He has had a fantastic career of his own; I believe he is nearing the end of it now, and he has earned more than 100 caps for Ireland.

“It would be simple for me to sit here and respond to him, but as I previously mentioned, we are currently in different stages in our careers—I’m 25 and he’s 35. He’s entitled to his view, and I’ve had to battle a lot of other people’s beliefs when I played with and knew him.

When questioned about the remarks during a press conference in England, Rice responded, "Do you know what? I had three great games with James when we were playing for Ireland. I won't just sit here and belittle him. He seemed like a pretty great man to me. He was clearly unhappy about a couple things I heard when I left Ireland to come to England. A few years back, he made some remarks.

"It is what it is." I won't sit here and talk negatively about him. He has had a fantastic career of his own; I believe he is nearing the end of it now, and he has earned more than 100 caps for Ireland.

"It would be simple for me to sit here and respond to him, but as I previously mentioned, we are currently in different stages in our careers—I'm 25 and he's 35. He's entitled to his view, and I've had to battle a lot of other people's beliefs when I played with and knew him.

Declan Rice has reacted to James McClean’s criticism of him.
“There may be some resentment towards me for not playing for Ireland, but to be honest, I have nothing bad to say about him,” he continued. I try not to give it too much thought, even though I read the comments. You accept it for what it is and go on. You acquire knowledge via living.

The way England is playing Serbia and Denmark has received a lot of attention; some people think the Three Lions are not very energetic. Although Rice thinks viewers will witness a different team in Cologne on Tuesday night, others have pointed out weaknesses in England’s pressing.

“I mentioned the other day that you get overloaded on that side of the pitch, so it’s not as simple as it seems to press a back five when there are only three of them,” he continued. However, striking the correct balance, deciding when to leave, and selecting your moments are crucial. Tomorrow, you’ll witness an England team that uses a different pressing technique from what we’ve been practicing. You should expect to see a team that aims to press Slovenia deep into the game and be aggressive.

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