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The Wildly Mixed Reaction As Declan Rice Declares For England

The Wildly Mixed Reaction As Declan Rice Declares For England

The day has finally arrived, the one Irish football fans were hoping would never come. Declan Rice has declared for England. The West Ham midfielder had been debating over his international future for a number of months now, with his head having been turned by Gareth Southgate and promises of an England call up.

While there had been murmurings that the player was set to commit to Ireland, those hopes have now been dashed. Rice confirmed his intentions to make the switch in a statement realised on social media today:

This was quickly followed by a short but sweet responding statement statement from the FAI:

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The Football Association of Ireland can confirm that Declan Rice (West Ham United) has opted to purse his international career with England.

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy said: "Declan rang me today and said he has decided to give it a go with England. Good luck to him."

Rice played three senior internaitonal games for Ireland in 2018 having previously represented Ireland at underage level.

David Meyler was also quick to wish his former international colleague all the best in his switch, feeling he spoke on behalf of all Irish football fans in doing so. That tweet was quickly deleted however, and Meyler was quick to correct his error.

A number of Irish fans did come out to extend their respects to Rice and his decision, even if they would have preferred for the player to remain in green.

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Some English fans were excited by the prospect of the West Ham academy product joining their international set-up, especially if it meant the end of Eric Dier in the England team.

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Unsurprisingly, there were also some Ireland fans who did not take the news all that well:

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While the saga is finally over, one gets the feeling that we have not heard the end of this one yet.

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Gary Connaughton

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