FIFA APPROVES RICE SWITCH FROM IRELAND TO ENGLAND

Written by on March 5, 2019

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice is free to play for England after world governing body FIFA confirmed his switch from Ireland.

The highly rated 20-year-old, who was born in London but qualified for Ireland via his paternal grandparents, considers himself to be of mixed nationality and played three times for Ireland.

Reports say after representing Ireland at youth level, Rice went on to make three senior appearances last year, including games against France and the United States ahead of the World Cup.

After gaining FIFA approval it now seems likely that Rice, who has started every one of the 26 Premier League matches he has featured in this season, scoring two goals, will be fast-tracked into the England set-up.


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