By Mike Southey

13th Jun, 2021 | 7:10am

Danny Murphy: Declan Rice could be England's most important at EUROs

Danny Murphy has claimed that West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice could be England’s most important player this summer.

The Irons skipper looks nailed on to start against Croatia this afternoon, with Jordan Henderson not on the top of his fitness.

Murphy even went on to make massive comparisons with Champions League winning duo N’Golo Kante and Fabinho.

Writing in his Daily Mail column, Murphy believes that the Three Lions won’t have anyone more important.

Declan Rice could be England’s most important player at the Euros,” he wrote. “A quality holding midfielder is key to success at every level. All of the best teams have one.

“Just look at N’Golo Kante’s influence on the Chelsea side that’s just won the Champions League. In every game, he plays. Fabinho for Liverpool when they won the Premier League, even Fernandinho for all those years at Manchester City.”

Magic.

Murphy is used to spouting nonsense on talkSPORT every single week, but could he have finally said the right thing that we agree with?

Not enough respect is put on Rice’s name, and he is going to go out and prove his worth to everyone, not just those in the Premier League.

The same can be said for the likes of Kalvin Phillips, it must just be criticism of the holding midfielder, and their not-so-glamorous role.

Rice and his teammate often get criticised for passing sideways and backwards, when it is their role to get on the ball, recycle possession and move the opposition around.

It’s not their fault that they aren’t getting goal involvements every single week, but that’s not their job.

We want to see no complaints after Rice puts in a masterclass against Croatia and plays a massive role in starting this tournament with a bang.

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