Gary Neville says Declan Rice playing for England is wrong

Date published: Friday 6th September 2019 9:13

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Gary Neville says Declan Rice being allowed to play for England after representing the Republic of Ireland at senior level does not sit well with him.

The 20-year-old West Ham man appeared for the Republic of Ireland’s youth teams and won three senior caps, but FIFA gave his switch to England the green light in March as those three appearances came in friendlies.

The defensive midfielder, who was linked with Man Utd in the summer, has gone on to make three appearances for England under Gareth Southgate and has been included in the Three Lions’ latest squad to face Bulgaria and Kosovo.

Neville told The Sun: “I’ve heard he’s a really good lad, 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. It’s a really strange thing to see and ultimately FIFA and UEFA need to stop it.

“There have been players who’ve asked for interviews and meetings with the national team manager. Why?

“Why is that influencing your decision, do you want some level of guarantee about play?

“Country is about an emotion, it’s about a feeling and that might be England, it might be Ireland, it might be Wales, whatever country you play for I’ve no problem with the process of players picking who they want to play for.

“I’ve issue with this sort of beauty parade to determine which country they play for. It should be taken out of the players’ hands.”

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