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Declan Rice Opens Up On Future Amidst England-Ireland Tug Of War

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has opened up on the international tug of war that is currently raging on between Ireland and England for the 19-year old’s services.

Rice, who has been capped three times under Martin O’Neill, was left out of the Irish squad in August with the manager outlining that the midfielder had been contacted by England and that he was taking time out to deliberate over his future.

There have been a number of reports over the last couple of months which have suggested that Rice would pick Ireland and then England but the 19-year old outlined that he has still not made a concrete decision in regards his international future.

Speaking in an interview with The Times UK, Rice opened up on what he called “one of the hardest decisions” he will have to make in what will likely be a long and illustrious career.

“Without a doubt it is not an easy decision,” Rice says. “It is one of the hardest I will have to make in my career. Martin was excellent when he came to my house and Gareth was excellent and they both understand the position I am in. I said I just need some time.

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

In the interview, Rice also discusses his contract issues which may have had or may still have an influence on which international side he chooses to represent.
“I want to sign for West Ham and I think it is going to happen,” he says. “Playing every week is what is best for me at the moment and hopefully the contract can come soon.”
Rice’s decision is no question a tough one for any footballer to make and as Gary Jacob outlines, he has had influences from both sides, his father framing his Ireland caps while his chairman David Gold advocating that he could follow in the footsteps of West Ham legend Bobby Moore and become a future England captain.
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Martin O’Neill also recently outlined that he was “still hopeful” of Rice choosing to represent Ireland.

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