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Declan Rice Praises Teammate Kobbie Mainoo Ahead of England’s Euro 2024 Semi-final

Declan Rice has singled out one England player it’s been a “privilege” to play alongside at Euro 2024, ahead of the Three Lions’ semi-final clash against the Netherlands on Wednesday night.

In an interview published on [Publication Date], Rice, who has featured in every minute of England’s campaign at the tournament, highlighted the impressive performances of teammate Kobbie Mainoo. The Arsenal midfielder praised the balance and stability the team’s five-at-the-back formation has provided, particularly with Mainoo’s composed presence next to him in midfield.

“The formation gives us stability, and obviously having Kobbie [Mainoo] next to me – I’ve been singing his praises, he’s been amazing,” Rice said. “I’m lucky to have Kobbie, he loves to keep the ball, wants to pass the ball – it’s a privilege playing with him.”

Rice acknowledged the significance of England’s third major tournament semi-final under manager Gareth Southgate, stating the team is fully focused and ready to seize the opportunity.

“It’s a massive opportunity. It’s obviously been a rollercoaster of a journey this tournament, but we’re really relishing tonight,” he said.

As the Three Lions prepare to face the Netherlands, Rice expressed the squad’s mental and physical readiness, and the anticipation of playing in front of a raucous Euro 2024 crowd.

“The lads are in a really good place mentally and physically, and tonight’s a big night for English football,” he added.

With the possibility of reaching the Euro 2024 final, the England players are determined to create history and make the most of this significant moment in their careers.

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