Declan Rice says England exhibited their quality by beating Belgium on Sunday and has encouraged their team-mates to maintain their “mentality” before Wednesday’s visit of Denmark.
England came from behind on Wembley to defeat Roberto Martinez’s side, who are ranked No one in the world by FIFA.
The success moved them to the top of Countries League Group A2, a position they could strengthen if they beat Denmark, along with whom they drew 0-0 within Copenhagen last month.
Asked if England laid lower a marker by defeating Belgium, Rice said: “Yeah, definitely. Seem, we knew before the game that they are the No 1 team on the planet and that’s where we’re aiming to end up being.
“When you’re with international level, you want to test your self against the best. They had world-class gamers all over the pitch and obviously a few missing, but it was a great check.
“Right towards the finish we were digging in deep. These were putting the pressure on yet we stood firm, stood high and at times we played some good stuff, obviously scored two objectives. To beat them, the lads are delighted.
“This may be the mentality we need to get ourselves directly into heading into tournaments because may possibly be going to be games where we are pinned back, where we need to display the grit, desire to come out on the top and give 110 per cent every time. inch
Southgate: We must backup Belgium win
Gareth Southgate has echoed Rice’s responses by encouraging his players to follow along with up their win over Belgium along with another positive result against Denmark.
Southgate believes Britain are unlikely to face many edges as accomplished as Martinez’s, stating: “The quality of the opponent, in the back players and their technique ball, the angles, the motion and the one-twos… we are not going to encounter a more complicated game defensively, I believe.
“You will encounter different sorts of challenges – counter-attacks, speed, power – but they , the burkha bit of everything in their ranks, and Kevin De Bruyne, they have this kind of special player.
“I just think for us it was a brilliant check, the sort of test we need. This is the beauty of the Nations League; you obtain a game against the highest-level opponent.
“Mentally and physically, that will have taken an enormous amount of out all of us and we are now in a situation, a bit similar to a tournament, where we have to back again that up on Wednesday. ”
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