“It’s A Hostile Place”- England Player Declan Rice Reflects on Atmosphere Against Furious Hungary Fans

Published 09/03/2021, 8:07 AM EDT
Soccer Football – World Cup – UEFA Qualifiers – Group I – Hungary v England – Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary – September 2, 2021 England’s Declan Rice reacts after a flare is thrown on to the pitch by Hungary fans after Harry Maguire scored their third goal REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


In an incredible game in Budapest, England beat Hungary 4-0 in front of a vociferous Hungarian crowd. The game saw the fans throwing objects at the English players during their goal celebration. Significantly, Raheem Sterling’s goal caused a lot of problems in the game as fans threw beer cups and other objects towards the players. But the English lads kept their chin up and Declan Rice drank from a cup which was thrown on the pitch. It was an iconic moment from the West Ham midfielder as he scored the goal to take England 4-0 clear.

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Declan Rice reflects on England’s performance

The midfielder scored in the second half as England took home an incredible victory. Rice spoke to reporters about the game, and the hostile atmosphere created by the fans from Hungary.

“Yeah, it was massive. You know, we knew before we was gonna come, it’s a hostile place to come, but we need to go out there tonight and put on a real performance, you know, I thought the mentality was top drawer. Obviously after the summer, the disappointment, tonight was a real statement of that, we’re back and we’re ready to push on again,” said Rice.

Soccer Football – World Cup – UEFA Qualifiers – Group I – Hungary v England – Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary – September 2, 2021 England’s Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring their first goal with Harry Kane, Kalvin Phillips and Jesse Lingard as Declan Rice pretends to drink from a plastic cup REUTERS/Carl Recine TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The loss to Italy in the Euros hit them hard. Even though the English side looked good for the title, they couldn’t win the match. Many fans questioned the mentality of the players after that game. In spite of that, the English players rose to the occasion to deliver a top-notch performance.

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He also spoke about the goal he scored which surprised his teammates as well.

“Everyone says it’s an OG but I’m taking it. I don’t score a lot.”

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Soccer Football – World Cup – UEFA Qualifiers – Group I – Hungary v England – Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary – September 2, 2021 England’s Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring their first goal with Harry Kane as plastic cups of beer are thrown from the stands REUTERS/Carl Recine

West Ham United is performing well in the league because of Rice’s performances in the midfield. He has become a stalwart in the heart of English midfield too.

The England national team is sitting comfortably on the top of their group to qualify for the Qatar World Cup. If they manage to win a trophy again, it would be brilliant. It’s been a tough wait for the English fans for their national team to win a trophy. However, they are getting closer, and it might just be coming home.

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Soccer Football – World Cup – UEFA Qualifiers – Group I – Hungary v England – Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary – September 2, 2021 General view of plastic cups seen on the pitch after the match REUTERS/Carl Recine

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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