Rice pinches himself with anniversary and first at England

Declan Rice will wear the captain's armband for England for the first time against Belgium on Tuesday. This was revealed on the eve of the friendly international at the English press conference.

SoccerDino, Website Writer
Published: 04:34, 25 Mar 2024

For Rice, the upcoming match at Wembley holds significant meaning. As he steps onto the pitch, he will mark his 50th appearance for The Three Lions, a milestone that fills him with profound emotion.

At just 25 years old, this moment is not only a testament to his talent and dedication but also a reflection of the honor he feels representing his country.

The absence of Harry Kane, the usual bearer of the captain's armband for England, due to injury, further elevates the occasion for Rice. Despite Kane's absence, Coach Gareth Southgate expressed full confidence in Rice's ability to lead the team. Reflecting on Rice's appointment, Southgate highlighted his exemplary leadership qualities, noting that even in his fiftieth international appearance, Rice continues to demonstrate immense maturity and composure on and off the field.

In the recent match against Brazil, Kyle Walker deputized as captain in Kane's absence. However, this time, the honor falls squarely on Rice's shoulders. Upon learning of his captaincy, Rice's response was one of gratitude and humility. He warmly embraced Southgate, expressing his appreciation for the trust and support he has received since joining the national team. Rice credits Southgate for fostering an environment where he feels valued and empowered to perform at his best, contributing to his growth and confidence as a player.

As Rice prepares to lead his team onto the pitch against their southern rivals, he does so with a deep sense of pride and responsibility. His journey to this moment has been marked by dedication, perseverance, and unwavering commitment to excellence. Now, as he prepares to wear the captain's armband for the first time, Rice is poised to inspire his teammates and make his mark on the storied history of English football.

Updated: 04:34, 25 Mar 2024