West Ham: Declan Rice has pledged his international future to England.

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has pledged his international future to England. Rice, 20, has won 3 senior Republic of ireland caps, all in friendlies, having vie for his grandparents' country since under-16 level.

Declan Rice played in Republic of Ireland friendlies against Turkey, France and the United States last year
Declan Rice played in Republic of Ireland friendlies against Turkey,
France and the United States last year


West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has pledged his international future to England.

Rice, 20, has won 3 senior Republic of ireland caps, all in friendlies, having vie for his grandparents' country since under-16 level.

In August the Londoner said he required time to determine his future, as winning a competitive cap for the Republic would have tied him to the country.

"This has been a very difficult decision," he said.
Rice, who has made 59 appearances for West Ham, has excelled this season in a defensive midfield role for the Hammers.

In a long statement on Twitter, he said: "I consider myself to be of mixed nationality. i have equal respect for both England and ireland and thus the national team i select to represent isn't a
clear-cut, simple selection.

"Ultimately, it's a personal decision i have made with my heart and my head, based on what i believe is best for my future.

"I would also like to make it clear that, in requesting to transfer my national team representation, i'm not taking for granted a call-up to the england squad."

Republic of ireland manager Mick McCarthy said: "Declan rang me today and said he has decided to give it a go with England. good luck to him."

Kevin Kilbane, who was born in Preston but won 110 Republic of ireland caps, tweeted: "If you're a 'proud Englishman' then why play for us in the first place?"
England legend Gary Lineker tweeted: "He's one of our own....He's one of our own...Declan Rice....he's one of our own."

Other players to change national team


In 2004, Fifa modified its rules so players could represent one country at youth level and then another at senior level - so long as they changed by the age of 21.

In 2009 it was amended so players of any age could make a switch. Senior friendlies don't tie a player down to a country.

Since the rule changes, several players have taken advantage, including...

Diego Costa, who played 2 friendlies for his native Brazil before changing to Spain, having lived and played in the country for several years

Wilfried Zaha won 2 caps in friendlies for England before declaring for the Ivory Coast, the land of his birth. He now has eight caps for the African country

Thiago Motta played twice for Brazil in 2003 and started a career with Italy, the nation of his granddad, in 2011

Alex Bruce was eligible for the Republic of ireland and
Northern Ireland through his grandma, playing for both countries in friendlies

Nacer Chadli played once for Morocco before shifting to Belgium, where he was born

Two Russia players at the 2018 World Cup had antecedently played for the country of their birth, Roman Neustadter (Germany) and Mario Fernandes (Brazil)

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