West Ham star Rice commits worldwide future to England

Postado Fevereiro 14, 2019

Declan Rice has informed the FAI of his decision to pursue an global career with England, despite earning three senior caps for the Republic of Ireland.

Republic of Ireland manager McCarthy said: "Declan rang me today and said he has made a decision to give it a go with England".

"Sad to hear, but good luck with England", one wrote.

Between 2015 and 2018, he represented the Republic of Ireland at under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels, playing 20 times in total.

"I have also spoken to Martin O'Neill, Mick McCarthy, Gareth Southgate and to friends and colleagues within the game whose opinion I respect". "Particularly not for a young lad who never dreamed of being in this position".

With Irish heritage but born in London, Rice says he considers himself "to be of mixed nationality".

"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".

"My pride at wearing the Irish shirt was always 100 percent genuine", he added.

Rice broke the news on his Twitter account via a lengthy statement and took the opportunity to thank Mick McCarthy and the FAI for their "support" and "understanding" of his decision to represent England. It was a great honour for myself and my family, and something I will always cherish.

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

In a statement posted on Twitter, Rice confirmed his intent to file a one-time switch with Federation Internationale de Football Association and change his worldwide allegiance to England.

Rice has made 23 Premier League appearances for West Ham this season, scoring one goal.