Declan Rice is on course to be named in the England squad for this month's Euro 2020 qualifiers, with the West Ham midfielder's international clearance having been confirmed by FIFA on Tuesday.
Rice, 20, pledged his international allegiance to England last month despite having already won three senior caps for Republic of Ireland.
But with none of his Irish appearances having come in a competitive fixture, he has been able to switch to England -- the country of his birth -- in time to make himself...
Declan Rice was given a special welcome on to the pitch by crowd favourite Billy Bonds on Saturday and then produced a near-perfect performance for the West Ham legend to admire on the day a stand at the London Stadium was named in his honour.
Bonds took the time to speak to Rice in the tunnel before the Hammers' 2-0 win over Newcastle United, perhaps aware how many fans feel the youngster could have the same impact at the heart of the team's midfield that he once did.
Although Rice has much to do...
West Ham defensive-midfielder Declan Rice announced on Wednesday that he intends to continue his international career with England after having previously played for Ireland.
Rice, 20, was capped three times by Ireland, but all of his appearances were in friendlies, which allows him to swap his international allegiance to the country of his birth.
With Irish heritage but born in London, Rice says he considers himself "to be of mixed nationality."
Rice, who has made 59 appearances for West Ham, has...
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England manager Gareth Southgate is planning to make a personal check on Declan Rice during West Ham's Premier League clash with Wolves on Tuesday, sources have told ESPN FC, as the race to secure the player's international allegiance intensifies.
The 20-year-old defender, who can also play in midfield, has won three senior caps for the Republic of Ireland, but he is still eligible switch to England -- the country of his birth -- having not made a competitive appearance for the Irish.