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Rice decision went down like a lead balloon

Former Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy says that Declan Rice’s decision to represent England ‘went down like a lead balloon’ when he told the manager of his decision.

Speaking on the Sky Football Show, McCarthy said: ‘[Declan Rice] How it went down? Like a lead balloon. He played three games, scored and kissed the jersey.

‘Players have a choice who they play for. If you’ve played a friendly, a full international, should that put you down as a certain country’s player, English, Irish, Scottish, whatever? I think it should.

‘He had his choice, I went to see him and his Dad. I didn’t think he would come with us, he was erring on the side of playing with England. I was curt with him on the phone, I had to ring back and wish him well, a good career for England and West Ham. I was so disappointed we lost such a good player.

Rice was born in Kington Upon Thames in Surrey but of Irish ancestry, since his switch, he has made seven senior appearances for England.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

2 comments on “Rice decision went down like a lead balloon

  1. Omg ; still harping on about Rice . Once a paddy always a paddy . Declan had a massive decision to make ; born in ENGLAND and play for ENGLAND or play for a country he wasn’t born in . Grow up McCarthy , you’re half the reason he chose ENGLAND . Grow some talent of your own ffs .

  2. No comment on kissing the Badge ; we’ve had enough of that from other players that are best forgotten . And he wasn’t even connected in any way shape or form with you’re lot .

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