According to The Times, West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has turned down another call-up by the Republic of Ireland, creating uncertainty over his international future.
The 19-year-old has been capped three times by Martin O’Neil’s national side, but they were all friendly fixtures, meaning he is still eligible to play for England, should he get called up.
The two time West Ham Young Player of the Year looks to be edging towards committing to Gareth Southgate’s team, but is yet to be called up.
This interest from both countries is a glowing reflection of the quality of the West Ham academy. It shows that The Hammers are still producing players that are widely sought after on the international stage.
This is also an example of the maturity and professionalism of the midfielder, who, amongst these rumours, still played at the weekend against Man United. Not only did he play, but helped the team thrash the Red Devils for their best win of the season so far. These were difficult times for the teenager, and it could have easily affected his game, but he rose above the rumours and speculation, which is the mark of a mature player.
The Republic of Ireland face Northern Ireland in their next friendly fixture, but then continue in The UEFA Nations League. Playing in those matches would make Rice ineligible to play for England.
With the midfielder looking towards confirming his allegiance to the Three Lions, it would be best that he does it as soon as possible, to prevent this cloud of uncertainty which surrounds him, which could affect his performances on the field.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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