Cape Town - Roy Keane has criticised England
midfielder Declan Rice after his performance in the 4-0 victory over
Kosovo did little to convince the Manchester United legend.
Rice earned rave reviews for his performances for the Hammers at the
start of the season, forcing his way into the England squad, and talk
soon turned to how far he could go in the game.
Rumours also started linking him with a big-money move to the likes
of Manchester United and Manchester City, but the honeymoon period now
looks to be over.
The youngster’s performances have dipped for West Ham, and although
he played the full 90 minutes for the Three Lions against Kosovo on
Sunday night, he had been dropped for the previous two international
Keane believes that is because his performances have been below par
of late, and he did not hold back when asked about the deficiencies in
Keane coached Rice who part of the Republic of Ireland set up, before
he switched allegiance to England, and says there is plenty he needs to
work before he can call himself the complete player.
"Where he needs to improve, there are plenty of aspects if you think
about it,” he said on ITV Sport. "Over the last few months he has had a
lot of praise, I worked with him while he was with the Ireland squad.
"Where does he need to improve, where do you want me to start? His
positional play I don’t think is consistent enough, he doesn’t stay with
runners, he’s sloppy in possession. I can go on."
The comments appear to be harsh and could be down to the fact Rice
angered many in the Republic camp with his decision to play for England
He is also only 21 and there is time for him to work on and improve on the deficiencies that may be in his game.
- TeamTalk Media