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Rice must decide international allegiance pronto for West Ham's sake

West Ham youngster Declan Rice needs to come to a decision about his international future immediately.

The 19-year-old is currently mulling over declaring his availability for either England or the Republic of Ireland.

The Sun reported earlier this week that Rice was left out of Martin O’Neill’s provisional squad to face Wales.

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Rice was born in London, but has made three non-competitive appearances for Ireland.

The defender’s grandparents were from Cork, which allows him the choice of which nation to represent.

Supposedly Rice has been approached by England about playing for the Three Lions.

The star, who broke into West Ham’s first team properly last term, has asked for time to decide who he would like to pledge his allegiance to.

Chop chop, Declan

Obviously it’s a big decision for the young man.

But it’s one that needs to be reached as soon as possible, with West Ham needing everyone at peak focus during a tricky time.

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The Irons have lost all three Premier League games they’ve played so far.

Manuel Pellegrini cannot afford to have Rice’s mind elsewhere.

Thankfully the international break is almost upon us and that should be enough time for Rice to choose his nation and then concentrate on his club.

Extra focus is, of course, required by Rice since he is playing in a more unfamiliar role at holding midfield.

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He is by no means a stranger to the position, but it would be better if the player had no distractions going on as he tries to nail it down.

England or Ireland?

Rice is an extremely bright young player and could certainly become a versatile star for England.

One gets the feeling that he would perhaps become more ‘standout’ for Ireland, but who is honestly to say at this early stage.

Whoever he choses, let’s hope the decision is reached with haste.

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