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Pellegrini says it’s time to respect the big decision

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has intervened in the new row surrounding Declan  Rice’s decision to switch his international allegiance from the Republic of Ireland to England.

The row has been rumbling on during the international break as the Hammers defensive midfielder cemented himself into Gareth Southgate’s team.

Even the England boss admitted he was concerned the 20 year old could receive some terrace abuse after a decision which took months to settle back in the summer.

Stoked up again by Sky pundit Gary Neville when claiming he felt uncomfortable about the move and that it was a situation which needed addressing by the authorities, Pelle has come out to speak in defence of his player.

It’s too easy to forget that players of his age need advice and help in making critical decisions but the Hammers boss reckons Declan – having taken done so  – should now have his decision respected.

Whether one does so or not it’s quite right that the player’s manager should come to his defence.

He said ahead of West Ham’s game with Aston Villa – live on Monday Night Football on Sky Sports:“I think Declan delayed his decision and had a think and a talk with the people important to him so I don’t have any doubt that it was the right decision Declan took for his life.”

About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

2 comments on “Pellegrini says it’s time to respect the big decision

  1. How much longer will this rubbish drag on for. The rules are the problem. You should only be able to play for your country of birth or the country you have been naturalised in. Declan was a very young lad when he was wooed by ROI. As he developed and matured his own country began to take notice. After long deliberations with his family and advisers he opted for his country of birth. If he made any mistake at all, it was to listen to the ROI overtures in the first place. Let it go. Why keep bashing what is still a young lad. If anyone deserves to be bashed it is the rule makers for allowing this situation in the first place.
    As for the online abuse and threats to him and his family, please GROW UP. We are talking about a lad playing football not a world changing event. There are much more important things to get angry about. COYI.

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