Declan Rice has spoken publicly about the decision to pledge his international career to England days out from making his debut for the Three Lions.
The West Ham midfielder has been the topic of much discussion since the decision to leave the Irish set-up.
However, Rice has now spoken publicly about the decision to declare for England.
When asked what it felt like hearing he’d been selected for Gareth Southgate’s squad Rice claimed he was “bursting with pride”.
“You can’t describe it. A straight smile. You just couldn’t believe it.” Rice told England’s official Twitter channel.
“I was ill the day last week that the squad got announced and my dad came home and you know, we were watching the TV and it came up that I was in the squad, and that feeling, bursting with pride. It’s everything that you’ve wanted to work for as a kid and it’s come true.
“The call-up is one of the best feelings you’re ever going to feel.”
When asked about the tough decision he had to make with regards his international future, Rice claimed he enjoyed playing for Ireland but ultimately choosing to represent England best suited his career.
“It was a really tough decision.” said Rice
“I think everyone knows my situation with the Republic of Ireland. I’ve played there in the youth set-up but I had to make a decision that was best for me.
“As you can hear, I am English, I am from England and it was really good playing for Ireland. Now I’m just looking forward to the future and pulling on the England shirt.
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That #ThreeLions call-up feeling… 🙌
— England (@England) March 19, 2019