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Martin O’Neill claims Declan Rice will choose which nation to represent at the ‘end of the year’

Martin O’Neill claims Declan Rice will choose which nation to represent at the ‘end of the year’

As the international break starts to come around once again, there is always talk about whether Declan Rice will pledge his allegiances to the Republic of Ireland or England.

The West Ham midfielder has both available to him with the teenager having been born in England, however, he qualifies for Ireland through his grandparents.

There have been reports suggesting that Rice has decided to play for the Three Lions, however, Martin O’Neill appears to dismissed that notion and has dropped a hint on when he will make a decision about it.


The Republic of Ireland boss believes the Hammers midfielder will not make a choice until the end of the year as he has been in contact with the player’s father.

“There’s no change, I’ve been talking to his dad and there’s going to be a decision from him and his family at the end of the year,” O’Neill told football.london.

“I’m always hopeful, there are a lot of stories coming out I don’t think there’s been any change.

“It’s up to the player, he has a lot of things to consider and a lot of things might favour England, but I’m hopeful.”

The Verdict:

The saga about which country Rice will choose has been going on for a little while now and it appears a decision will not be made until the new year.

However, West Ham fans will not be too concerned about how long it takes for him to decide to play for as it means there is not a risk to his fitness during the international break.

Rice has been a key player for the Hammers so far this season and they will want to see him continue those performances for as long as possible.

West Ham fans – thoughts?

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