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Ireland international James McClean blasted Declan Rice on RTE and claimed that the England midfielder was “overrated”.

Rice, who made three caps for Ireland before converting to the Three Lions, has cemented his role for club and country but has seemingly not convinced McClean.

“I think Declan Rice is overrated,” McClean said. “Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s a very good footballer, but the way the English media wax lyrical about him is completely over the top.

“For me, he’s not world class. To me world class is someone who gets in every side in the world. I don’t think he does that. I don’t think he gets in the Man City side ahead of Rodri. To me Toni Kroos is world class, He dictates the game, Rodri dictates the game, I don’t think Declan Rice does that.

“Someone who gets it on the half turn, plays passes forward. He’s very good at what he does…”



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