Prince William has opened up about what a lifetime following the England squad has taught him with Three Lions captain Harry Kane and midfielder Declan Rice. The chat comes as Gareth Southgate’s side prepares for the start of the 22nd World Cup on November 20 in Qatar, where England are hopeful of repeating their successes of the Euro 2020 tournament.
While discussing the sport’s impact on mental health, the royal revealed the team’s disappointments had helped him to come to terms with his own.
Mr Rice also explained how the current team’s positive mindset, particularly after their defeat to Italy at the Euros last year had helped to bring them closer together.
William told the players: “You learn by playing a number of times, and many other things in life, that disappointment is part of life and how you handle it is crucial.
“Handling some of those really disappointing England results in the past, that was hard.
“I found that really difficult, because again the same euphoria that we had comes crashing down.
“You feel high and all together, and then normal life just gets on again.”
The prince gave an insight into his school days, reflecting on when he used to play with 60 other pupils at the same time.
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West Ham captain Declan Rice also credited manager Gareth Southgate for helping to ease the heartache caused by last year’s loss at the Euros final.
He said: “There was a special moment after that game, the togetherness when we all came into a huddle after we’d lost that, and Gareth said some really important words.
“As a group, I think that brought us forward together because then we had to qualify for a World Cup in the next round of games.
“We really overcame that setback of losing that final, showed our togetherness and our strength and I feel that we are in a really good place as a national team.”