Rice switch from Ireland to England approved by Federation Internationale de Football Association

West Ham’s Declan Rice’s England switch given the nod by Fifa			
				 
   by Gavin Brown 
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West Ham’s Declan Rice’s England switch given the nod by Fifa by Gavin Brown Published

Declan Rice's transfer of allegiance from the Republic Of Ireland to England has been approved by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

Rice represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level and made three appearances for the senior side in friendly matches past year, but took a self-imposed exile while he weighed up his worldwide future.

The 20-year-old West Ham star informed the FAI of his decision to declare for Gareth Southgate's team last month following months of speculation about his worldwide future.

However, speculation over his long-term global future mounted after he became a West Ham regular under Manuel Pellegrini this season.

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Rice, 20, pledged his global allegiance to England last month despite having already won three senior caps for Republic of Ireland.

In completing the switch, Rice follows in the footsteps of Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, who made the same move to England in 2016.

"I am still only 20 years old and there is a long road ahead of me". Today's confirmation from Federation Internationale de Football Association means that Rice could be part of that squad.

England face the Czech Republic at home on 22 March and then are away to Montenegro on 25 March as they begin their campaign to qualify for Euro 2020 - of which the final and semi-finals are at Wembley.

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