Rice yet to determine international allegiance

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 11th January 2019

Declan Rice has admitted that he is yet to decide whether to represent England or Ireland at international level.

The ambitious 19-year-old midfielder, who turns 20 next week has previously featured for Ireland at non-competitive level, meaning that he may still opt to represent England instead, should he so wish.

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"With regard to my international future, myself, my dad and my brother [Connor] have talked with Ireland coach Mick McCarthy and I've also spoken to Gareth Southgate," said the London-born Rice.

"They've both said that whenever I'm ready, it's up to me to make a decision. There was so much going on earlier in the season but now most of that has been sorted, so I will make a decision soon.

"As for now, I want to play at the top level throughout my career. I want to win trophies, even the Champions League. You have to be ambitious. If not, what's the point?"

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* You may read more from Declan in the following interview with the Evening Standard's Ken Dyer.



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