Declan Rice officially declares for England

Declan Rice has chosen England over the Republic of Ireland

Declan Rice has chosen England over the Republic of Ireland

Premier League footballer Declan Rice has confirmed his decision to play global football for England, after representing Ireland three times.

Ireland coach Mick McCarthy and England counterpart Gareth Southgate were also consulted before being informed Wednesday that a request was made to Federation Internationale de Football Association to switch his worldwide registration.

'Good luck to him'.

The 20-year-old played a number of friendlies for Ireland, but was yet to play a competitive game, meaning he could declare for England.

Rice had spent months deliberating on his decision with his family, girlfriend and friends as his stock has risen at West Ham, where he has made 27 appearances this season.

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

The England manager believes Rice can become the anchor in the national side's midfield for the next decade.

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In recent months, I have discussed it with the people who mean the most to me. "I am truly grateful for the support I have received in leading to this decision", he said.

'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.

"The line that stands out for me is, "I'm a proud Engishman" if you're a proud Englishman, don't come and play for us".

The news comes a setback for McCarthy, who returned for his second spell as Ireland manager after the departure of O'Neill in November.

"However, I am just as proud of my family's Irish heritage and my affinity and and connection with the country".

"You've got a young man who has clearly given a great deal of thought to where his global career is going to go".

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". "It was a great honour for myself and my family, and something I will always cherish".

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