Ashley Cole criticises Frank Lampard’s £80m target Declan Rice

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Chelsea legend Ashley Cole was less than impressed with the performance of Chelsea target Declan Rice, in England’s 2-0 defeat to Belgium in the Nations League clash on Sunday.

Analysing the game for Sky Sports, former England and Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole criticised Rice’s defending and believes that the West Ham midfielder was partly to blame for Youri Tielemans goal.

Rice didn’t notice the run of Tieleman, and rather went on to mark Romelu Lukaku, consequently leaving Tieleman with so much space to shoot for Belgium’s opening goal.

“I think he got attracted more towards Lukaku,” Cole said.

“I think that line (taken by Tielemans) should have been his recovery run. Look where this ball ends up, that would have been Declan running onto that.

“Now the ball has gone behind him and he’s chasing it. He doesn’t see where the danger is.

“If he had taken that straight run, he would have had [Eric] Dier with Lukaku and then you have that little bit of balance on the opposite side of the box for any balls that are played off Lukaku.”

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