‘Miles from Modric’: Declan Rice’s rise from fanzone to England leader | David Hytner

The midfielder is excited to tussle with Croatia’s talisman on Sunday after watching him topple Southgate’s side in 2018Declan Rice has a confession and it is one that greatly troubled his small audience of newspaper journalists. “Do you know what – until this day, I have never had a beer and I am 22,” the West Ham and England midfielder says. “That is the truth, never had a pint. Don’t drink it.”Well, you can imagine the scene. Astonishment, soul-searching. Does he ever drink at all? Maybe a spirit here and there, Rice replies. “But a pint? No,” he continues. “People get surprised. I just don’t like the smell of it so I have never gone near it. Will I have one if we win the Euros? Yes. I’ll give it a try – but I will probably spit it out.” Related: Attacking rarely wins international prizes now so what will Southgate do? Related: Jordan Henderson spurns Roy Keane’s scorn and targets Croatia revenge | David Hytner Continue reading…

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