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.
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.
He’s one of our own....He’s one of our own...Declan Rice....he’s one of our own.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 13, 2019
"Based on what I believe is best for my future". That's all that matters @_DeclanRice! I know some of my Irish friends are hurting but you just do you. Love and maximum respect. https://t.co/o7xJmG5TT6— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) February 13, 2019
Not as difficult as you thought Roy https://t.co/GHsyOEIcz6— David Gold (@davidgold) February 13, 2019