West Ham star Rice confirms he will represent England instead of Ireland

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 14, 2019

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

West Ham defensive-midfielder Declan Rice announced on Wednesday that he intends to continue his global career with England after having previously played for Ireland.

Rice was born in London but is eligible for Ireland as his grandparents are from Cork and he played all his junior global football for them.

'This has been an extremely hard decision and, in all honesty, not one I ever expected to be making at this stage of my career, ' he said.

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy said: "Declan rang me today and said he has made a decision to give it a go with England. I am truly grateful for the support I have received leading to this decision". I am a proud Englishman, having been born and raised in London.

In the statement, he said that he has "equal love for both England and Ireland", which is why it taken him months to make the decision.

Ultimately, it is a personal decision that I have made with my heart and my head, based on what I believe is best for my future.

"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 worldwide representation", Rice said. It was a great honour for myself and my family, and something I will always cherish.

However, England approached Rice last summer and the West Ham star subsequently made himself unavailable for Ireland in order to consider his options. "Good luck to him".

With England, Rice - if selected - has more prospect of qualifying for tournaments.

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