West Ham’s Declan Rice opens up about his international future

Declan Rice says that he is no closer to making up his mind about his international future.

The West Ham teenager has yet to decide where his allegiance lies.

The 19-year-old has represented the Republic of Ireland at every level from under-16 to the senior team, turning out for Martin O’Neill’s side in three friendlies.

But London-born Rice of course can also play for England – and Gareth Southgate is very keen to have him available.

Rice, though, still has thinking to do. In an interview with The Times , he says he owes it to himself to make the correct call.

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"Without a doubt it’s not an easy decision," he said. "It’s one of the hardest I will ever have to make in my career.

"I have said to Martin and Gareth I just need some time.

"I need to make the right decision, what it best for me and for my family. Being 19, I never thought I would be in a position to make such a hard decision."

England legend Stuart Pearce, who worked with the utility player last season, says he must go with "where his heart lies".


He added: "He’s a very big talent. I’m pleased with the way he has fought his way back into the side.

"It was a pleasure to work with him. He is one of those players who will continually improve himself."

His club manager Manuel Pellegrini said: “I am always speaking with the players. I speak with Declan about a lot of different issues.

"He has a big problem but I think that his heart must decide if he feels more Irish or more English."

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