Declan Rice plays down talk of Republic of Ireland switch for England

Jose Verdugo
Junio 3, 2018

The 19-year-old is just three games into his senior worldwide career and is yet to play a competitive game for his country, but retiring stalwart John O'Shea has already seen enough to tip him to wear the armband one day. "His ball to James McClean in the last couple of minutes, I said, it was as if he has played 100 times for his club and worldwide games". He played in midfield tonight but I'm not so sure he knows himself exactly where he wants to play " The fact that he played so assured tonight, augers well for him and hopefully for us".

"Maybe one day I do see myself as a future captain because I do have it in me to tell people and order people around". I've had a little joke with him.

However, Rice, who can also play as a defensive midfielder, says his focus is purely on playing for Ireland following impressive performances against Turkey, France and the United States.

Rice has effectively played in three different positions for Ireland to date, excelling in all of them with composure, maturity and leadership far beyond his years.

West Ham defender Declan Rice has played down suggestions from club co-chairman David Gold that he should play his way into the England squad.

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However, Rice has repeatedly insisted his decision has been made and there is no possibility of a rethink.

"It's one of those things, he's just come out and said it".

He said: "It's a question that keeps being asked".

However, he admits he could not have envisaged what has happened to him in the last 10 months.

"He's [O'Shea] been at the top of the game and played with some top, top players". It's just down to the hard work of both managers that I've had at club level who believed in me. "I've really enjoyed it and I can't wait to do it more".

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