Former Irish international Stephen Elliott has given his take on the recent controversy surrounding Declan Rice.
It has been a strange day for Irish football – one that saw the sport’s community sent into a wave of emotion following the announcement from Martin O’Neill that hotly-tipped prospect Declan Rice was considering his international future.
After revealing that England were in contact with the 19-year-old, there was an influx of opinions from several of the country’s most influential figures.
And now, the former international Stephen Elliott has chimed in with perhaps the bluntest take on the situation to date.
The D Rice situation is totally wrong. Being able to change nation after playing non competitive games is a farce. Playing for your country should mean everything to you. Don’t get it. Greed by outside influences on players again most likely! The door should be shut now for him.
— Stephen Elliott (@SleevesElliott) August 27, 2018
It’s an interesting point but I think it’s fair to say that Rice’s future as an Irish player looks to be gone past the point of no return in the eyes of some – no matter what happens from here on out.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena