Declan Rice to Captain England Against Belgium in Landmark 50th Appearance

by Frederick Akinola
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Declan Rice and Gareth Southgate

Arsenal’s Declan Rice will lead England against Belgium, marking his 50th appearance for the Three Lions and fulfilling a remarkable journey from potential Irish captain to England’s helm. This significant milestone comes amidst the absence of regular skipper Harry Kane, with Rice assuming armband duties following injuries to Kyle Walker and Harry Maguire.

Rice’s captaincy announcement coincides with the fifth anniversary of his debut start for England, a testament to his rapid rise on the international stage. Initially identified as a future leader for Ireland, the London-born midfielder opted for England despite earlier declarations from Irish coach Roy Keane.

Looking back at his experience, Rice thanked England coach Gareth Southgate for making him feel like he belonged and helping him improve.

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