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Declan Rice focused on England’s Euro 2020 campaign amid Chelsea and Manchester United transfer links


Declan Rice insists he is focused on Euro 2020 rather than the transfer speculation (Picture: Getty)

Declan Rice insists he is focused on England’s Euro 2020 campaign rather than the speculation surrounding his future at West Ham.

Rice, who started all three of England’s group games, has emerged as a target for Chelsea and Manchester United but says he has ‘not seen’ any of the speculation.

The 22-year-old has impressed for West Ham over the past two seasons, with his form attracting interest from Chelsea and Man United and seeing him become a key member of Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Euros.

But Rice insists he is unaware of the transfer rumours surrounding his future and some of his England teammates, with Jadon Sancho reportedly close to joining Manchester United and Harry Kane looking to leave Tottenham.

‘I’m not lying, I’ve not seen a thing,’ Rice said. ‘As players it would be disrespectful to speak about it around other players.

‘There is speculation about players going but the main focus at the moment is your country, trying to win this tournament. If players want to move on, that can be dealt with after the tournament.

‘While we’re here, like Gareth has always said, you need to be strictly focused on what is happening here with England and whatever happens with the club takes care of itself after the tournament.’

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Rice will hope to help England beat Germany at Wembley on Tuesday and book their place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2020.

When England played Germany in the Euro 1996 semi-final, it was current England boss Southgate who missed the crucial penalty, and Rice is confident he will avoid that fate if he steps up in the last-16 clash.

‘I think as a kid, I was excited and nervous,’ Rice added. ‘I’ve been practising them at West Ham all year too, and it’s just about that process in my head.

‘When the ref blows his whistle, you don’t have to go straight away. Give yourself a couple of seconds, breathing techniques to try to relax yourself. And then visualisation – how you see yourself putting the ball in the back of the net.

‘Those are all the things that I’ve been trying to develop as I got older. If my name is called to go up there and do it, I’m positive I can put the ball away.’

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