Former England midfielder Joe Cole has praised players targeted by Arsenal and Chelsea after the Three Lions’ Euro 2024 qualifying win over Italy. last night
Joe Cole hailed Arsenal and Chelsea target Declan Rice as ‘the best player on the pitch’ after England beat Italy in their opening Euro 2024 qualifier on Thursday night. on March 23, 2023) Midfielder West Ham Be the opening of the first goal for the Roaring Lions in the 13th minute in the UFABET match in Naples. Before Harry Kane put the visitors 2-0 up with a penalty shortly before the end of the first half.
Kane’s goals made the Tottenham Hotspur forward become England’s all-time top scorer, overtaking former record holder Wayne Rooney, with England dominating the team in the first half. But the situation began to change after the break. And Italy was back in the game when Mateo Retegui fired past Jordan Pickford. Italy had a chance to split the points when Luke Shaw was shown two yellow cards in the space of two minutes. red card dismissal But England held on to a 2-1 scoreline and started their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign with a first win against Italy since 1961.
‘Cole’ described it as ‘Major win’ for Three Lions side who face World Cup disappointment just before Christmas when they were eliminated in the quarterfinals by losing to France The former England midfielder picked up ‘Rice’ in praise and said the West Ham star was ‘Outstanding from start to finish’, ‘Rice’ is expected to leave the Hammers at the end of the season. And has attracted the attention of Premier League leaders Arsenal and Chelsea. who have already qualified for the Champions League semi-finals
“Declan Rice is the best player on the pitch and a lot better than everyone else,” Cole told Channel 4. But he realizes that ′′ If it’s a front center We are talking about intuition. He was outstanding from start to finish ′′ ′′ But I have to say that I’m confused by Italy’s defense. This is a country known for its defensive game. But it’s unacceptable for Italy in the first half ′′ ′′ Most defenders stop playing. But Rice deserves credit because he scores like a striker. He did very well there.
Speaking on the win, England’s 50th under Gareth Southgate, Cole added: “It’s an important win. When you win like that, it becomes more meaningful. Nothing beats this feeling.” Meanwhile, England captain Kane praised the Three Lions’ performance in Naples. And said being the country’s record goalscorer was ‘special’.
“This is the first time England have beaten Italy after a very long time without winning,” said the Spurs forward. “To be a part of that is wonderful. I just want to thank my teammates, staff, fans, family at home and my wife. It was a really special night for me and one I will never forget. I’m really proud. Thank you to everyone here and everyone who made this dream come true. England will play Euro 2024 qualifying on Sunday 26 March 2023 where they welcome Ukraine to Wembley. ley