Danny Mills claims that West Ham midfielder Declan Rice found himself “caught up in the moment” when conceding a penalty against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Manchester City and England full-back says that it was only a minor error from the 20-year-old and that it was not an issue if he made sure to learn from it.
Rice’s handball saw Palace equalise from the penalty spot courtesy of Patrick Van Aanholt, before Jordan Ayew netted a late winner for Roy Hodgson’s men at the London Stadium.
Mills says that Rice just caught himself in an awkward position when trying to defend in the box and that it was not too much of a problem if he is not making the same mistakes over and over again.
Mills told Football Insider: “Sometimes you get caught up in the moment. It’s a minor error, I wouldn’t worry too much about that. He’ll learn from that, so long as you’re not doing it every week.
“There are different mistakes every week but sometimes you just find yourself in an unnatural or an awkward position and you’re doing your best either to get out, to block the ball or block the player.
“I don’t think it’s an issue.”
Rice has been a mainstay in the Hammers’ starting XI this season, featuring in every single minute of the club’s Premier League campaign under manager Manuel Pellegrini.
He will be part of the England squad who take on the Czech Republic and Bulgaria during the current international break, with the Hammers’ next league fixture coming against a struggling Everton side.