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Declan Rice Says He Will Try His First Ever Pint Of Beer If England Win Euro 2020

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Declan Rice Says He Will Try His First Ever Pint Of Beer If England Win Euro 2020

Declan Rice has promised to try a pint of beer for the first time if England win the Euros this summer - but don't count on him finishing it.

The 22-year-old midfielder, who has earned a place in Gareth Southgate's 26-man squad after an impressive season at West Ham, is expected to line up for the Three Lions in their opening Group D clash against Croatia on Sunday.

He has featured in both of England's warm-up games against Romania and Austria at the Riverside Stadium, producing solid displays in both outings.

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Rice will be hoping to make a big impact in this summer's tournament, even if it does mean sipping his first pint of beer if England are crowned European champions.

"Do you know what, until this day I have never had a beer and I am 22. That is the truth!" he admitted this week ahead of Sunday's opener.

"Never had a pint. Don't drink it. I'm not really (a drinker). But a pint? No. I know it is off topic but I have never had a beer. People get surprised. I just don't like the smell of it so I have never gone near it."

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The midfielder then vowed to give it a try before speaking about the 2018 World Cup, where he recalled being at a giant fanzone in Dubai as England reached the semi-final of the competition.

"Yes. I will give it a try - but I will probably spit it out!" he continued.

"Honestly, the World Cup was buzzing. I remember watching the Panama game, the Tunisia game, Sweden game. It was incredible.

"The singing before the game, the national anthem. Just being a part of it. I was a fan for that tournament so to be part of this tournament is unbelievable."

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The revelation that Rice has yet to drink a pint of beer has shocked many, including talkSPORT presenter Alan Brazil.

"Away you go - he's a liar," joked the radio host."Are you telling me they don't have a bevvie? I know some of them don't but I know a lot of them love a pint!

"I'm not meaning any names, but I've seen them at Cheltenham having a couple of pints... and there's nothing wrong with that!"

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So there we have it, folks. Declan Rice will drink his first pint of beer if England win the European Championship this summer. A good enough excuse as any to bring it home.

Featured Image Credit: Declan Rice/Instagram - PA

Topics: Football, England, Declan Rice, West Ham

Jack Kenmare
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