England vs Czech Republic, Euro 2020 qualifying

England vs Czech Republic, Euro 2020 qualifying

England vs Czech Republic, Euro 2020 qualifying

Rice's decision to declare for England, despite playing three games for Ireland, had already prompted a furore before a post on Instagram to a former Ireland Under-17 team-mate was found.

Gareth Southgate has had to contend with a tidal wave of injuries in the build-up to England's games against Czech Republic and Montenegro, with Marcus Rashford the latest withdrawal for Friday's Euro 2020 qualification opener.

Hudson-Odoi's call-up in particular has raised eyebrows given that he is yet to start a Premier League match for Chelsea, but Southgate is adamant he can not allow age to be a barrier when selecting his England squad. Another of Henderson's Liverpool teammates, Joe Gomez, has won six England caps but is recovering from a broken leg.

"It was really good playing for Ireland".

Keane outlined that having experienced a similar situation, albeit on a smaller scale, he feels that going "on your gut feeling" is the best advice he can give the West Ham midfielder.

"Young players who are maybe only starting now who are going to be more experienced and even better in a few years".

"Now I'm just really looking forward to the future and pulling on the England shirt".

In the past, club allegiances have created damaging divisions in the England squad, but Henderson insists the camaraderie is now strong enough to withstand that pressure.

"When they're socialising with friends, you're a bit braver in some of your comments or a bit less thoughtful in some of your comments, so I think for all young people that is a danger. He's really matured and he took his goals really well so I'm really happy for him - he deserves it".

Dier needed treatment after he was fouled by Czech midfielder Tomas Soucek 10 minutes into England's Group A match at Wembley, with the score at 0-0.

"We've probably said things, written things that would look different several years later". There is competition for places in the squad and the team and that's a really important factor for us, to make sure everybody's focus is right.

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