Tuesday 08 Sep
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Declan Rice helps England to Denmark draw

Declan Rice for England


West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice helped repel a talented Denmark attack in Copenhagen as England claimed what could prove a priceless point in the Nations League.

Having completed the full 90 minutes of the 1-0 win against Iceland in Reykjavik on Saturday, Rice once again played a full game against the Danes, shielding England’s back three with aplomb to help them claim a draw.

Partnering debutant Kalvin Phillips in midfield, Rice anchored proceedings well in his ninth England cap, although he and the Three Lions will be disappointed that they did not create enough on the night to take all three points away from the fixture.

Harry Kane’s late chance – where he saw defender Mathias Jorgensen clear the ball off the line – was the closest Gareth Southgate’s men came to scoring and recording a second straight victory in Group 2 of League A.

The result leaves England trailing group leaders Belgium by two points, after the Red Devils thumped Iceland 5-1 in Brussels.

The Three Lions will be hoping for better fortune in front of goal when they host Belgium and Denmark in the next round of matches at the beginning of October.