England players have got to put their plans for summer transfers to one side while the European Championship is on, according to Declan Rice.
West Ham midfielder Rice is one of a number of the squad who could move before the new season, while interest from Manchester United in Jadon Sancho and Manchester City in Jack Grealish and Harry Kane have dominated the news this week as the clubs try to conduct as much business as they can during the tournament.
The reality is that very little will be finalised until after the Euros because the focus of the players is on their national team.
Rice even decided not to go on social media after England’s opener against Croatia and has not been back on since in an effort to keep his attention on the preparations for games. And he thinks that it would not be fair on their teammates if any players were spending their time discussing their club futures instead of pulling together for the national team.
“I’ve not seen a thing! I haven’t been on Twitter I’ve not seen a thing,” laughed Rice.
“As players obviously I think it would be disrespectful to speak about it around other players. There is speculation about players going but the main focus at the moment is our country and trying to win this tournament.
“If players want to have a move and move on that can be dealt with after the tournament but while we’re here – like Gareth has always said – we have just got to be strictly focused and ready on what we’re going to do with England and whatever happens with clubs takes care of itself after the tournament.”