The English FA are reportedly confident that Declan Rice will commit to the Three Lions as a decision over his international future looks to be coming in the near future.
The West Ham midfielder has been involved in an international tug of war between Ireland and England after he was left out of Martin O’Neill’s squad in August amidst rumours that he was considering his future in a green shirt.
The Daily Mail are reporting that senior figures within the FA are growing increasingly confident that Rice will commit to England following the resolution of his contract situation with West Ham.
Rice confirmed that he had signed a new contract on Friday which will keep him at the Olympic Stadium until 2024 following a difficult few months in which neither party were able to come to an agreement.
The news comes as another spanner in the works as Mick McCarthy and Ireland are also hopeful of Rice returning to the side that he made three friendly appearances for during the summer.
Speaking last week, McCarthy outlined that he had a good meeting with the 19-year old and sounded confident of securing his commitment ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifiers which begin in March.
“It’s just up to him when he wants to decide. That’s how I’ve left it to be quite honest with you. It’s not my decision as to whether he plays for the Republic of Ireland. It’s only my job if he wants to stay with us, I can pick him.
“He’s a really talented player. He’s a lovely lad. He’s got a really nice family behind him. He’s got everything about him that you’d want him to play for you.
“I’d love to build a team around him. We start in March. That’s my deadline, I need to know by then. He could be a future captain, he’s that type of play.”
The saga will likely continue until Rice eventually makes his decision but judging by the 19-year old midfielder’s standout performances in a West Ham shirt this season, it’s little wonder that England are also keen to tie him down.