Joey Barton blasts West Ham ace Declan Rice

Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton during the Sky Bet League One match between Burton Albion and Fleetwood Town at Pirelli Stadium on February 23, 2019 in Burton-upon-Trent, United Kingdom.

The West Ham United youngster will be hoping to make his debut for England during the upcoming weeks.

Joey Barton head coach

Joey Barton suggested that West Ham ace Declan Rice's decision to play for England instead of Ireland was a 'strange one', when speaking during a guest appearance on Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT.

The 20-year-old has been quite simply superb for the Hammers this season, and his fine form has earned him a call-up to Gareth Southgate's England squad, after he committed his international future to the Three Lions earlier this year.

 

Rice had previously represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level, but he obviously felt that he has more chance of winning major honours with England.

Joey Barton slammed the West Ham ace for switching alliances, however, when speaking during a guest appearance on Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT, labelling the youngster's decision as 'strange':

Declan Rice of West Ham United during training at Rush Green on March 14, 2019 in Romford, England.

“It’s a strange one, the Declan Rice one. I think once you’ve made your bed you have to lie in it. If you’ve played for Ireland, you’re either Irish or English. I think it’s quite a straightforward decision.”

Rice is arguably one of the best holding midfielders in England at the moment, and he surely has a great chance to make that position his own for the national team.

Barton's words do seem harsh, and if Rice goes on to lift a trophy with the Three Lions, the West Ham ace's decision will be totally vindicated.

Declan Rice of West Ham United during Training at Rush Green on August 16, 2018 in Romford, England.

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