West Ham’s Declan Rice switches allegiance from Ireland to England

West Ham may soon have another English legend to sing songs about, as Declan Rice has officially declared his desire to represent England at the international level.

Rice has confirmed he will no longer represent Republic of Ireland at international level, despite earning three caps for the men in green already.

The decision is sure to attract a lot of controversy, at least from one side of the Irish Sea.

Via a statement on his official Twitter account, the 20 year-old told fans on Wednesday that it was an “extremely difficult decision” and thanked the Irish coaching staff for their support.

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While it remains to be seen when or even if he will be called into Gareth Southgate’s England squad, it sure feels like only a matter of time.

The versatile youngster showed his hand as a centre back last season, but has really excelled since moving into midfield under Manuel Pellegrini.

England have been crying out for a controlled and physical presence in the midfield who can dominate both athletically and technically, and Rice may have all the tools to do just that.

Make no mistake about it, this could be a hugely beneficial decision for the youngster if he keeps his current rate of improvement.