‘It’s just a shame really… fingers crossed it all goes well’: Declan Rice’s dad is ‘disappointed’ son picked England over Republic of Ireland
- Declan Rice recently informed England boss Gareth Southgate of his decision
- Dad Sean, who watched son play for Republic of Ireland in March, was surprised
- Rice has played three times for Ireland but they were all friendly matches
Declan Rice’s dad has admitted he is disappointed that his son chose to play for England over Ireland.
Rice informed England manager Gareth Southgate and Ireland boss Mick McCarthy of his decision last week.
His dad Sean, who went to watch his son play for Ireland in March, was surprised at the decision according to the Sun.
Declan Rice’s dad has admitted he is disappointed that his son chose to play for England
Sean reportedly said: ‘I’m very Irish, my mum and dad were very Irish and Declan grew up in an Irish/English environment as a lot of people from London do.
‘And so at the end of the day he had to make a choice and I have to support my son.
‘I wouldn’t have thought for 100 years he’d run out in an England shirt but he’s got his reasons.
‘It’s just a shame really — fingers crossed it all goes well.’
Rice has played three times for Ireland but because these matches against Turkey, France and the United States last year were all friendlies, the London-born player was still able to make the switch to England.
Rice in action for West Ham during their draw with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park
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