England's Declan Rice gets trolled for carrying empty suitcase to take World Cup trophy home

It’s been 56 years since the Three Lions last lifted the glittering Jules Rimet Cup, the symbol of football supremacy in the world

By Leslie Wilson Jr

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England's Declan Rice during training. Photo: Reuters
England's Declan Rice during training. Photo: Reuters

Published: Mon 21 Nov 2022, 11:25 PM

Last updated: Wed 23 Nov 2022, 12:54 AM

Perhaps, it's better to be seen as an eternal optimist rather than someone with an unconventional sense of humour. But England midfielder Declan Rice appears to be a bit of both.

But whichever way you look at it, there's no getting away from the fact that it has created quite a buzz by carrying an empty suitcase to the Fifa World Cup 2022.


It's been 56 years since the Three Lions last lifted the glittering Jules Rimet Cup, the symbol of football supremacy in the world, but Rice still believes that the time has come to emulate the heroes of 1966 featuring the legendary Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton and Gordan Banks.

Rice's confidence explains the empty suitcase he has taken to Qatar and plans to carry home the World Cup trophy.


A regular in the squad ever since Gareth Southgate took charge of the national team in 2016, Rice has since earned 34 caps.

Interestingly, the empty suitcase was discovered by Rice's driver, who was surprised that it was very light.

"There's nothing in that one. That's a spare," Rice reportedly said, The Sun reported.

"Hopefully, I'll bring home the trophy in this one."

He has always been an ultra confident footballer, but budget airline Ryanair took exception to Rice’s hopes and brutally trolled the lad.

The Irish airline posted the below tweet on their official Twitter account:

The 23-year-old, who plays for West Ham in the English Premier League, was Southgate's pick in England's opener against Iran on Monday, where the Three Lions got their group stage campaign off to a blinder with a rousing 6-2 victory. Although he did not get his name on the scoresheet, Rice made his presence felt with several deft moves and interceptions.

Now that England has made a strong start in the World Cup, Rice's empty suitcase is starting to take on a whole new meaning.

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