Gianluigi Donnarumma, the Italian goalkeeper, was reminded of his defeat by Declan Rice during a recent match between England and Italy. Rice, the midfielder for England, has been instrumental in the team’s successful start to their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign, having played in both of their victories over Italy and Ukraine.
During the match, which England won 2-1, Rice even scored a goal, putting England ahead in Napoli. Harry Kane then scored a penalty to become the nation’s top scoring player. While Kane waited to take his crucial spot kick, Rice and Donnarumma exchanged a few words.
Rice later explained that Donnarumma was pointing at the Euros trophy on his arm. Rice responded by saying, “mate, well done, but you didn’t get that one down there did you”, laughing as he reminded him of his goal. Rice continued to say that after the game, Donnarumma came up to him and said “heat of the moment”. Rice responded by saying “well done, you won the Euros, it is what it is. I’m happy, unlucky”.
The exchange was captured on camera and shared on the England YouTube channel. Kane and Jude Bellingham were also present during the conversation and appeared to enjoy the banter between Rice and Donnarumma.
Overall, Rice’s performance has been impressive during England’s Euro 2024 qualifying campaign. He has played a crucial role in both of their victories and has shown himself to be a key player for the team. As England continues their campaign, fans will be hoping that Rice can continue to perform at such a high level and help lead the team to success.