Declan Rice to England? Hammers star undecided over international future

West Ham youngster Declan Rice has been left out of the latest Republic of Ireland squad, with national manager Martin O’Neill informing that the 19 year old was yet to arrive on a decision regarding his international future. Rice has three caps for Ireland at senior level, but all of them came in friendlies, which means the option of changing allegiance to England still remains open to him.

O’Neill informed that “England had spoken to Rice” regarding a potential switch, and that he was giving the versatile midfielder some time to make up his mind.

Rice was born in London, but has represented Ireland at various junior levels. He started in West Ham’s opening game of the season against Liverpool, but was hooked at half time by Manuel Pellegrini, and hasn’t featured in the club’s next two games against Bournemouth and Arsenal.

Former Republic striker Kevin Kilbane had this to say on social media site Twitter.

I’d rather be ranked 150th in the world and never qualify again than have someone who has played, but needs time to THINK whether they should play for us again

Ireland squad for Nations League Game v Wales and Poland Friendly

This provisional squad, named by MON, interestingly, also has no place for Aiden McGeady and Glenn Whelan.

Goalkeepers: Colin Doyle (Hearts), Sean McDermott (Kristiansund), Kieran O’Hara (Macclesfield), Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough)

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolves), Shane Duffy (Brighton), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle), Kevin Long, Stephen Ward (Burnley), John Egan, Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn), Greg Cunningham (Cardiff)

Midfielders: Alan Judge (Brentford), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Alan Browne (Preston), Shaun Williams (Millwall), David Meyler (Reading), Harry Arter (Cardiff), Daryl Horgan (Hibernian), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke City)

Forwards: Jonathan Walters (Burnley), Shane Long (Southampton), Graham Burke, Callum Robinson (Preston North End), Aiden O’Brien (Millwall)

Declan Rice

Comments

  1. The next Grealish I suppose.

    At this moment, he’s not good enough to make the England squad. While age is on his side, and he’s definitely talented, I think England approaching him is NOT for England themselves, but just to prevent him from playing for Ireland.

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