England hopeful Declan Rice says that he "couldn't have wished for a better season".The 20-year-old midfielder emerged as a genuine, international class player during the 2018/19 season - despite having been dropped following the opening day defeat at Anfield against League runners-up Liverpool.
And Rice - who is Dubai-bound for a short summer break - insists that he hopes to cap a tremendous personal campaign with a call-up to Gareth Southgate's next England squad, which will be revealed later this week.
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"Of course I want to be in that England squad - and that’s what I’m hoping for," Rice told whufc.com. "That’s why I want it to be a short holiday. I’ve got to be prepared for anything, but I’d be delighted with that.
"I don’t think I could have wished for a better season. I’m delighted to have done what I’ve done and I can’t wait to kick on again next season.
"We finished five points off seventh so if you look at it that way, it’s gutting, but it was a great season. The lads have really worked hard and everyone deserves a really well-rested break."
England face the Netherlands in a Nations League semi final on 6 June in Portugal's Estádio D. Afonso Henriques.
Rice, who won his first two England caps earlier this season - against the Czech Republic and Montenegro - is widely-tipped to be included once again, having impressed on his debut at Wembley and subsequently in Podgorica, as England strolled to a 5-1 win.
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