Irish legend backs Rice

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 26th March 2018

Former Ireland star Richard Dunne has backed Declan Rice to be a major success at both domestic and international level.

Dunne, who also featured for the Irish at centre half was full of praise for the 19-year-old after he received the Man of the Match award following Ireland's 1-0 defeat against Turkey in Ankara on Friday night.

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"I went to an Under 21s game when he played in midfield and he just dominated the game," Dunne told RTE. "He's got energy, his passing was excellent and he wins tackles.

"Higher up the field, he has got an eye for a pass and he is that good he can't be a centre-half. He has so much to offer going forward. He could be a huge, huge plus for Ireland."

Equally impressed by the teenager's performance was Irish boss Martin O'Neill. "I thought he did excellently in the game," said the former Leicester and Aston Vill amanager.

" He's played left-sided centre-half for West Ham, his club, and at this minute I think he's getting accustomed to a number of positions. I had no hesitation in putting him into the middle of the field.

"It was a man-of-the-match performance and I thought he was excellent for us."

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