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England's Declan Rice relishing 'most memorable game' against Scotland

England's Declan Rice relishing 'most memorable game' against Scotland
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The Three Lions host their oldest rivals at Wembley on Friday night.

Declan Rice is ready for what he believes will be a highlight of his whole career as England prepare to face Scotland at Euro 2020.

The Three Lions host their oldest rivals at Wembley on Friday night looking to continue their winning start to Group D.

England won 1-0 against Croatia on Sunday and will be keen to maintain the momentum by seeing off Scotland.

Despite winning their opening fixture at a European Championship for the first time, Rice is keen to move on to preparations for what he feels will be a memorable clash.

"We're buzzing," he said following the Croatia victory.

"Steve Holland said after the game that we can enjoy tonight but tomorrow we have to crack on.

"The game on Friday will probably go down in our careers as one of the most memorable games you will ever play.

"We know the history with Scotland. We know the type of game it will be. We want to focus on the Scotland game and repeat the same performance.

"They've got some top players who play in the Premier League. Che Adams, John McGinn and Scott (McTominay) in the middle are two warriors and Andy Robertson and (Kieran) Tierney at the back are great leaders and players.

"We are not going into it and say it is going to be easy because that will be wrong.

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay was one of several Scotland players singled out for praise by Rice.
Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay was one of several Scotland players singled out for praise by Rice. (Andrew Milligan/PA)

"They are going to come and be physical and we need to match that and do more. We need to be ready and we will be ready."

Rice enjoyed a fine season at West Ham, playing a key role in guiding the Hammers to Europa League qualification.

The 22-year-old feels the experience of the past 12 months has helped him perform on the biggest stage after making his tournament debut for England at the weekend.

Declan Rice helped West Ham qualify for Europe last season.
Declan Rice helped West Ham qualify for Europe last season. (Justin Tallis/PA)

"We knew we had to be at the top level," he said of the performance required to beat Croatia.

"I would have backed myself a few years ago to go out and perform at a high level but maybe had some doubts.

"Fortunately, I've been able to do it since after the season and performances that I have had with England recently I had full confidence to go out there and perform at a high standard."

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Sunday's key events


GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

CYCLING - BMX
· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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