Gary Lineker celebrates Declan Rice's decision as David Gold mocks Roy Keane

Declan Rice of West Ham United celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on January 12, 2019...

West Ham United's Declan Rice has chosen to play for England.

Declan Rice of West Ham United celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on January 12, 2019...

West Ham United's Declan Rice has ended all discussion about his international future by announcing that he will be representing England.

Rice, 20, has emerged as one of the Premier League's top young talents this season, starring in West Ham's midfield with some incredibly mature displays.

 

Whilst he committed his future to West Ham by signing a new long-term deal in December, there has been a real debate about his international future.

Rice played for the Republic of Ireland at Under-16, 17, 19 and 21 levels before earning three senior caps – but none of them were in competitive games.

That left Rice open to changing his allegiance one day, and having been born in England, he has now decided to represent the Three Lions moving forward.

Ex-Spurs player Gary Lineker looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on April 10, 2016 in London, England.

Rice's decision has sparked reactions from many, and Gary Lineker took to Twitter to celebrate the switch, with ex-West Ham striker Ian Wright praising the decision too.

West Ham co-owner David Gold has now joined in, mocking former Ireland assistant and Premier League legend Roy Keane by laughing at how Keane once said it would be 'difficult' to convince Rice to play for England.

David Gold, owner looks on prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool at London Stadium on May 14, 2017 in Stratford, England.

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