Rice international decision may be a family affair

Hammer Declan Rice may be caught in a ‘keep it in the family’ affair as he attempts to come to a decision on his international future.

The Hammers midfielder has been reported as wanting to play for the country he grew up – England – but given his background it would be perfectly understandable were he to opt for Ireland.

His grandparents Jack and Margaret hailed from the Republic town of Douglas in Cork but moved to to England where his father Sean was born.

They were overjoyed to watch their grandson play for Ireland at U-16 level, but they both passed away two years ago within a fortnight of each other.

Declan was born and raised in Kingston, Surrey joining the Chelsea academy in nearby Cobham, Surrey from the age of seven only to be released by the West London side at the age of fourteen.

Earlier this year Rice told the Irish press: “I’m fully focused on playing for Ireland, there’s no decision to be made. If I didn’t want to be playing for Ireland, I wouldn’t be here.”

Since then, however, some reservations appear to have arisen following the show of interest from Gareth Southgate and it takes no working out that some hard talking has gone in within and without the Rice family

His father Sean who is a massive Chelsea and Irish football fan could well have a preference for him to stick with Ireland whilst his representatives may see more advantage in him switching his alliance to England.

It’s a tough one but we hear that he is determined to be his own man and make his own decision rather than be swayed by the advice of anyone.

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

6 comments on “Rice international decision may be a family affair

  1. I can’t see the decision being made to play for England from the heart, I hate to say I think it has his agents grubby paws and greed all over it.

  2. Seems that Declan is being shot at by a lot of people ,the latest I read being John Aldridge.Srangely enough most of his critics are Irish which makes it obvious why they want him.Agreed I can’t see his heart is with England otherwise he would have jumped at the chance some time back.However,Declan is 19 years old and if he is adult enough to turn down £41,000 a week then he is adult enough to make his own mind up who he plays for.

  3. I definitely wouldn’t belittle such Irish legends as kilbane and Aldridge for what they are saying. The irish shirt is not a fallback option by the way. We are a seriously proud nation. Put it this way if the shoe was on the other foot and he played for England then decided to defect to Ireland I could imagine the uproar then. He has played for Ireland and should stick with them.

  4. Reminds me of a young Christian Dailly, he has that Dailly feel to him..

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