Friendly Declan Rice to captain England on his 50th appearance against Belgium

Declan Rice will captain England on his 50th appearance for his country in Tuesday’s friendly against Belgium.

The 25-year-old is set to start in midfield at Wembley to reach the milestone for his country. “I think I have grown so much as a player and a person since I first came into the group at 19,” he said.

“I was probably a bit of a nervous player when I first came into the England squad, but as time has gone on I’ve played more big games, more games at major tournaments. I have enjoyed every moment.

“Fifty caps, it is a pinch me moment, it will be an honour. On my 50th cap, to walk out at Wembley in front of my family and friends, it is a great honour, I’m a bit speechless.”

England boss Gareth Southgate has had to contend with a number of injuries, both before he announced his squad and during the camp.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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