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Declan Rice called-up by England for vital UEFA Nations League ties

Declan Rice

 

Declan Rice has been included in the England squad for three international fixtures in November.

The West Ham United midfielder has been called-up by Gareth Southgate for the friendly with Republic of Ireland and UEFA Nations League ties with Belgium and Iceland.

Rice, who has eleven caps to his name, has started all four Nations League games played so far, helping the Three Lions to wins over Iceland and Belgium and a goalless draw in Denmark.

Victories over Belgium and Iceland in the return ties could see England top Group A2 and qualify for the four-nation finals tournament, which will take place in October 2021.

England go into the final two rounds of fixtures third in the group with seven points, two behind leaders Belgium and level with Denmark, who they trail on goal difference.

Before those ties, which will take place in Leuven on Sunday 15 November and at Wembley on Wednesday 18 November, Southgate’s side will take on Ireland at Wembley on Thursday 12 November.

The two Nations League ties will be broadcast live in England on Sky Sports Main Event, with both kicking-off at 7.45pm, while the Ireland friendly will be shown live by ITV, with kick-off at 8pm.

 

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