Defensive lapses take shine off Kosovo win for Declan Rice

Defensive lapses take shine off Kosovo win for Declan Rice

England midfielder Declan Rice says the shine was taken off the Euro 2020 qualifying win over Kosovo by their defensive lapses.

The Three Lions roared back from conceding after only 34 seconds at St Mary’s to lead 5-1 at half-time, but a shoddy defensive display after the break saw it end 5-3.

All three of Kosovo’s goals came from individual mistake and the West Ham man was guilty of giving the ball away in the lead-up to the second goal.

I could have done better there and it takes the gloss off it

After their early slip, the first half was a brilliant display of attacking football but Rice was left thinking of the negatives.

“I thought first half I was really good along with the rest of the team,” he said.

“In the second half I made a mistake and that has taken the gloss off it for me.

“We are a real threat going forward but we need to keep it tight at the back and stop making mistakes.

“We need to look at the goals we have let in. A mistake from myself, sloppy, I could have done better there and it takes the gloss off it.

“Now I am thinking I am not that happy, I have made a mistake they have scored, (Harry) Maguire’s given a penalty away, Keano (Michael Keane) made a mistake.

Kosovo’s Vedat Muriqi (centre) battles for the ball with England’s Michael Keane (left) and Declan Rice during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying, Group A match at St Mary’s, Southampton (Adam Davy/PA)
Kosovo’s Vedat Muriqi (centre) battles for the ball with England’s Michael Keane (left) and Declan Rice during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying, Group A match at St Mary’s, Southampton (Adam Davy/PA)

“But it is part and parcel, we are never going to be perfect. The main thing is we got the three points and we are unbeaten.”

As with the Nations League defeat to Netherlands in the summer, the dangers of playing out from the back were highlighted with the way England conceded two of their goals as Keane and Rice gave the ball away in dangerous positions.

Rice insists England are not going to change their approach.

“The way we have been working all week on building from the back, playing through the lines, the manager is never going to change that,” he said.

“The manager is never going to go route one, he is going to live by that.

“We kept getting on the ball, we could have scored another two or three in the second half.

“It was really strange, conceding the goal in the first 30 seconds, it was tough to take mentally.

“You see how good we were in the first half to score five, how good we were going forward, the threat we had.

“First half I thought we were top, then second half I don’t know what happened, a couple of mistakes from me, the penalty and it looked like we had a tough task on our hands.

“Luckily enough we took control of the game, got a foothold and managed to see the game out.”

- Press Association

Soccer Podcast: The Noel Mooney Interview — Will the FAI show League of Ireland the love?

More on this topic

West Ham boss Pellegrini surprised by Everton’s strugglesWest Ham boss Pellegrini surprised by Everton’s struggles

Robertson wary of Manchester United threat and insists form is irrelevantRobertson wary of Manchester United threat and insists form is irrelevant

Sunderland hire Phil Parkinson as new managerSunderland hire Phil Parkinson as new manager

Bury suffering ‘death by a thousand cuts’Bury suffering ‘death by a thousand cuts’


More in this Section

Patrick Hoban targets 100 goals as he signs deal to stay at Dundalk until 2021Patrick Hoban targets 100 goals as he signs deal to stay at Dundalk until 2021

TJ Doheny says he is ready for rematch with Danny RomanTJ Doheny says he is ready for rematch with Danny Roman

Jonny May recalls how missing night out led to England debut as he approaches 50th capJonny May recalls how missing night out led to England debut as he approaches 50th cap

Judge adjourns court case that could see Bury Football Club wound upJudge adjourns court case that could see Bury Football Club wound up


Lifestyle

I go for a quick run with Jasper the dog (he runs, I walk)Working Life: Margaret Naughton - Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation

We had our first filling last weekend.Learner Dad: As long as other people gave their kids more sugar than we gave ours, we assumed we didn’t have a problem

Experts on bedroom style reveal their top tips to Gabrielle Fagan, so you can create your perfect sleeping space.Let’s go to bed: How to create the cosy winter retreat you’ve always dreamed of

Sink your teeth into our top tips for Halloween dental care.Dental shock: Save your child's teeth from the ‘horrors’ of Halloween

More From The Irish Examiner