Antonio: Difficult for Rice to choose either Ireland or England

West Ham winger Michail Antonio says it’s a “difficult situation” for Declan Rice to commit to either Ireland or England.

Rice is faced with a massive decision to make, as he has to choose to represent either England, his country of birth or Republic of Ireland – after coming up through their youth teams, and West Ham teammate says he wouldn’t want to be in his shoes.

Having only featured for Ireland in friendlies, Rice is still eligible to be called up by Gareth Southgate for England duty.

Meanwhile, the Republic of Ireland have omitted him from their squad while he deliberates his future.

“It’s a difficult situation because I can’t put myself in his shoes,” Antonio told Sky Sports.

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“I’ve spoken to him about it and he’s got a bit of loyalty to Ireland playing in the younger teams, but then when England comes knocking it’s hard to ignore.

“I think he’s doing the right thing by taking his time, thinking about the situation.

“But it doesn’t matter who he picks, he’s going to be playing for either team, in the position that he is.

“At the age of 19, 20 tomorrow, I don’t think there are many people better than him in that holding position. I think that’s his best position.”

 

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