Declan Rice declares for England National Team

Declan Rice has chosen England over the Republic of Ireland

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

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.

"Like so many people around the world, I consider myself to be of mixed nationality".

The versatile footballer has made an impressive 59 appearances for the Hammers since his debut in 2017, and recently scored his first goal as a professional footballer in a 1-0 home win against Arsenal at London Stadium.

"I am not taking for granted a callup to the England squad", Rice said, "or making any assumptions about my future worldwide career".

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"In recent weeks and months, I have discussed the situation with the people who mean the most to me".

Rice said: "My pride at wearing the Irish shirt was always 100 percent genuine", but added that he hopes to be called up by England because that's "best for my future".

'I have equal respect and love for both England and Ireland and therefore the national team I choose to represent is not a clear-cut, simple selection. Particularly not for a young lad who never dreamed of being in this position. "I am truly grateful for the support I have received leading to this decision".

"Declan rang me today and said he has made a decision to give it a go with England. Good luck to him". Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy said in a brief statement.

Declan Rice is in contention for Gareth Southgate's plans for this summer's Uefa Nations League finals in Portugal after deciding to switch his worldwide allegiance from Ireland to England.

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