West Ham fans react to James McClean's Declan Rice comments

West Ham fans celebrate after the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium on October 25, 2017 in London, England.

The Stoke City winger has slated his former Republic of Ireland teammate, who is starring for West Ham United.

Debutant Declan Rice of England applauds the crowd  after the 2020 UEFA European Championships Group A qualifying match between England and Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium on March 22,...

West Ham United fans are reacting to comments made by Stoke City's James McClean about the Hammers' Declan Rice.

Rice recently made his competitive international debut in England colours, despite being capped by the Republic of Ireland in three friendly matches.

 

It prompted an angry response from McClean, who played alongside the West Ham utility player in each of those outings and told RTE: "He said he was a proud Irishman. Then he said he was a proud Englishman. If he's both... good luck to him but I don't buy it. I think you're either one or the other.

"It's not just Declan, it's anyone else. If you're not proud to be here and we're a stepping stone then sod off and play for someone else."

But the following West Ham supporters have taken issue with McClean's criticism - with some pointing out that the Stoke winger also changed his international allegiance from Northern Ireland to the Republic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

McClean later justified his Rice comments, explaining: "I was with Derry City when I got the call-up to play for the North and I turned it down because it's not my country, it's never been my country. I'm an Irishman."

The 29-year-old, for whom Stoke are said to have paid £5 million to sign from West Brom last summer (Transfermarkt), has won 60 caps for the Boys in Green.

Republic of Ireland's midfielder James McClean celebrates victory after the group D World Cup qualifying football match between Wales and Republic of Ireland at Cardiff City Stadium in...

Rice was born and raised in London, spending the bulk of his youth career on the books of West Ham's London rivals, Chelsea, before joining the Hammers after his release by the Blues.

The 20-year-old has since become a regular in West Ham colours, playing 64 times since 2017.

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