Declan Rice believes England are “a fun team to watch” after critics found Gareth Southgate’s side too cautious

The West Ham player was once again partnering with Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips, who was midfielder in England’s 2-0 win against Albania last weekend

“You cannot give it your all all the time because the opposition is quality and can hurt you”

Although the tactic against Albania paid off, a similar schedule failed in two Uefa Nations League games against Denmark last year that ended in a goalless draw and defeat.It was Rice and Phillips who also started those games

“Nobody makes a fuss, we all go out and know our jobs,” Rice told BBC Radio 5 Live on the eve of Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier against Poland

“There’s been a lot of talk about not needing two midfielders, why not playing six attackers? I kind of understand why the manager sometimes doesn’t do that. There has to be this balance between the two”

Rice said England’s system helps the team have more possession and that there are “many things to be positive about”

“We are in control of the ball, we try to move the ball very quickly, move the teams from side to side and then look for openings,” he said

“I think we are a really fun team I think people keep complaining and saying we aren’t, but I think we have really improved as a group over the past few years”

Rice has flourished this season at West Ham, putting the team in fifth place in the Premier League, saying he doesn’t want to be recognized just as a holding midfielder who is suspending play

“If there is one thing that I could say that I’ve improved the most this season, it would be trying to get the team onto the field a little with the ball,” he said

“I think as a midfielder you are always labeled for just getting past it, keeping the ball moving and doing the dirty work. I don’t want to be labeled like that

“I think he was probably the best at it, figuring out when to pass and play short balls and when there was space to go in and drive the team onto the field”

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