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Gary Neville Reckons Declan Rice Should Not Be Playing For England

Gary Neville believes that Declan Rice should not be allowed to play for England due to the fact that he won three senior caps with the Republic of Ireland. 

Rice, who switched allegiances to England, has now made three senior appearances for the Three Lions and was recently called up by Gareth Southgate for the upcoming 2020 European Championship qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.

Neville, speaking at the Cadbury Premier League Partnership in Dublin, said:

“I’ve heard he’s (Rice) a really good lad, I just think that ultimately a player should not be allowed to play for his country’s senior team and then switch.

“It doesn’t feel right to me. It’s a really strange thing to see and ultimately FIFA and UEFA need to stop it.

Gary Neville Declan Rice

“There have been players who’ve asked for interviews and meetings with the national team manager. Why? Why is that influencing your decision, do you want some level of guarantee about play?

“Country is about an emotion, it’s about a feeling and that might be England, it might be Ireland, it might be Wales, whatever country you play for, I’ve no problem with the process of players picking who they want to play for.

“I’ve issue with this sort of beauty parade to determine which country they play for. It should be taken out of the players’ hands.”

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