eclan Rice has urged England fans to keep faith ahead of the World Cup in Qatar and insisted the Three Lions showed signs of progress as they slipped to another defeat in Friday night’s Nations League clash with Italy.
Giacomo Raspadori’s second-half strike earned the home side a 1-0 win in Milan, a result which sees England relegated from the top tier of the Nations League with a game of the campaign still to spare.
More pressingly, it sees England’s run of games without a win extend to five matches and Gareth Southgate’s side are struggling for form at the worst possible time, with the World Cup less than two months away.
The first four of matches of that dismal streak came in the space of 11 days back in June and despite defeat in the San Siro, West Ham midfielder Rice believes England offered an improved display. “It’s obviously disappointing,” Rice told Channel 4. “Every tournament we go into we set out to win the group and progress and win every game.Read more on standard.co.uk