Declan Rice officially declares for England

Declan Rice officially declares for England

Rice's global future has been the subject of much speculation since his breakthrough with West Ham and England manager Gareth Southgate held talks with the midfielder, in an effort to get him to switch from Ireland.

London-born Rice, 20, played three times for Ireland in friendlies under former manager Martin O'Neill, having played for his Corkonian grandparents' nation since under-16 level.

The news comes a setback for McCarthy, who returned for his second spell as Ireland manager after the departure of O'Neill in November.

The Football Association of Ireland can confirm that Declan Rice (West Ham United) has opted to purse his worldwide career with England.

"I have equal respect and love for both England and Ireland and therefore the national team I choose to represent is not a clear-cut, simple selection", he said. The 20-year-old was given his senior Ireland debut by former manager Martin O'Neill in a friendly worldwide against Turkey last March and has made two other appearances, but has yet to represent them in a competitive match, ... Particularly not for a young lad who never dreamed of being in this position. However, I am just as proud of my family's Irish heritage and my affinity and connection with the country.

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January 10, 2019: Rice says he will make a decision "soon" in an interview with the London Evening Standard after meetings with Southgate and McCarthy.

I fully accept that some Irish supporters will be disappointed ... "My pride at wearing the Irish shirt was always 100% genuine".

Ireland coach Mick McCarthy and England counterpart Gareth Southgate were also consulted before being informed on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) that a request to Federation Internationale de Football Association to switch his worldwide registration. "Good luck to him".

Once FIFA ratifies Rice's registration change, he will be eligible to be called up for England's squad for the Euro 2020 qualifying matches against the Czech Republic and Montenegro next month.

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