West Ham midfielder Declan Rice to turn back on Ireland and pledge international future to England

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The 19-year-old has reportedly been assured he will become a key player for Gareth Southgate

West ham midfielder Declan Rice will pledge his international future to England after turning his back on the Republic of Ireland.

Rice, 19, has been subject of a tug of war between the two countries over the last couple of months having been approached by the England in August.

Rice’s performances for West Ham have caught the attention of England’s management

Rice’s performances for West Ham have caught the attention of England’s management

He was left out Ireland’s squad to play Wales by Martin O’Neill to consider the offer, and Rice’s decision to reject a further Ireland call-up earlier this month was seen as proof that the teenager was opting to represent the Three Lions.

And now, according to the Daily Star, Rice has made the decision to pledge his future to England.

He is said to have been promised a key role by Gareth Southgate having met with the England manager in the last couple of weeks, and the Star report that Rice has already told his family and close friends about his decision to play for England moving forward.

Despite playing three times for Ireland, Rice remains eligible for England having only appeared in friendlies against Turkey, France and the United States.

Rice looks certain to play for England after winning three Ireland caps

Rice looks certain to play for England after winning three Ireland caps

With 41 Premier League appearances to his name at his tender age, Rice is regarded as one of the most promising young players in English football.

He made his West Ham debut against Burnley on the final day of the 2016/17 season, and has started seven of the club’s 10 league matches this term.

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