Maguire, Rice tells England fans after Italy defeat: Don't worry, we'll be good | OneFootball

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·24 September 2022

Maguire, Rice tells England fans after Italy defeat: Don't worry, we'll be good

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England players urged calm after defeat in Italy on Friday night.

The Nations League result means England are on their worst run in eight years.

Harry Maguire started despite being on the bench for Manchester United's past four Premier League games.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Maguire said: "We're a strong group mentally - we've given people an unbelievable five years or so.

"We're in a period where we have to come together. The fans are probably frustrated and they have to stick with us because we've got a big tournament coming up.

"To win that tournament or progress in that tournament we need the fans with us, so whatever has happened in recent months we are working tirelessly hard to improve that and get back on track, because it is a big winter and World Cup and we need to make sure we're ready - and we will be."

England midfielder Declan Rice told Channel 4: "It's obviously disappointing. Every tournament we go into, we set out to win.

"In the Nations League we have slipped below our standards but I didn't think it was all bad tonight. We just lacked that cutting edge in the end," he added.

"It's coming. It was a much better performance tonight than we saw in the summer.

"It's not that we're not creating the chances. So many times tonight we got into the opposition's box. I see it in training, there are goals for fun.

"Trust me, we are going to be good."

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