West Ham's Declan Rice chooses to play for England over Ireland

Jose Verdugo
Febrero 14, 2019

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice announced on Wednesday that he has made a decision to submit a written request to Federation Internationale de Football Association for the transfer of his global registration from Ireland to England.

WEST HAM footballer Declan Rice has pledged his worldwide allegiance to England over the Republic of Ireland after several months of speculation.

Rice was born and raised in London, but played for Ireland from the U-16 level all the way through the senior team, his eligibility coming from his Irish-born grandparents. 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, ...

Rice went on to say he considers himself to be of mixed nationality, adding that he's a "proud Englishman" but also proud of "my family's Irish heritage".

'In recent weeks and months, I have discussed the situation with the people who mean the most to me. "I am truly grateful for the support I have received leading to this decision".

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I would also like to make it clear that, in requesting to transfer my national representation, I am not taking for granted a call-up to the England squad or making any assumptions about my future global career.

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy spoke about the news in a press conference, saying: "Declan rang me today and said he has made a decision to give it a go with England".

"I fully accept that some Irish supporters will be disappointed by my decision, and that everyone has different opinions in regard to the rules around global representation", Rice said. "Good luck to him".

"My pride at wearing the Irish shirt was 100 per cent genuine".

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