England International Declan Rice has received death threats.
Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year.
The West Ham United man played for Irelands youth teams, made 3 appearances for the senior team, and was even tipped to be a future captain.
Only to switch allegiances and make his senior debut for the Three Lions in March of this year.
He has gone on to make a total of four appearances for Gareth Southgate’s team and at the age of only 20 is considered a stand out performer and to have a bright future.
Rice, was born in London, England, but has Irish grandparents.
He has, however, drawn widespread criticism.
The likes of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane questioned the player’s lack of loyalty.
Gary Neville questioned the legitimacy of the move.
He told the Independent:
“I just think that ultimately a player should not be allowed to play for his country’s senior team and then switch.”
“It doesn’t feel right to me. Its really strange thing to see and ultimately FIFA and UEFA need to stop it.”
In a recent interview with British broadcaster ITV, Rice himself said of the impact of his switch:
“Yeah I’ve had a few bad bits, I’ve had people saying they’re going to come to my house… yeah online.”
“There’s a few bits I could go into but I don’t need to go into it, threats to my family, threats to me.”
“They’re just like, you click on their profile and they’d just be like a fake profile so [you] don’t know whether it’s true or not.”
“We’re in 2019 and it’s happening week in week out, it’s not good enough, we need to stamp our authority better.”
“It hasn’t been difficult at all, everyone has obviously got an opinion on things but you know what? I really don’t listen to any of it.”
He was not impressed by Neville’s comments but claims he is entitled to his opinion.
However, he is committed to the England cause now.
“Obviously, what Gary Neville said as well, he can have that opinion if he wants and I can’t change that.”
“But now I am playing for England, you know I’m going to do everything I can to play the best I can for this country.”
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) January 14, 2019