Monday 25 Mar
Updated Monday 25 Mar 22:00
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Declan Rice helps five-star England to Montenegro win

Declan Rice celebrates in front of the England fans


Declan Rice started for England in their 5-1 win in Montenegro on Monday night.

The Hammers midfielder played the 90 minutes as the Three Lions made it two wins from two in UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying with a dominant display.

After making his debut from the bench against Czech Republic on Friday, Rice became the youngest Hammer to start for England since Rio Ferdinand 21 years ago.

Gareth Southgate's men had to come from behind after Marko Vesovic stroked the hosts into a 17th minute lead, but once Michael Keane restored parity 13 minutes later the result was never in doubt.

Ross Barkley's double either side of the break gave England a commanding lead, before goals from Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling in the game's final quarter set the seal on victory.

Rice gave a confident and composed performance throughout in midfield as he celebrated his second cap in style.

Elsewhere on Monday night, Pedro Obiang's Equatorial Guinea suffered a 3-2 friendly loss to Saudi Arabia.