Conor Coventry has dropped a major hint about his international future. The Republic of Ireland U21 international appeared to indicate that he will not be joining Declan Rice in committing to England.
Coventry was born in England but is of Irish descent. This makes him similar to Declan Rice and Josh Cullen – two West Ham midfield team-mates. All three play in similar roles and had the chance to play together for club and country.
But Rice defected to England after playing three senior friendlies for the Republic of Ireland. The 20-year-old is now a regular in England’s starting line-up. Meanwhile, Josh Cullen earned his first cap last night – winning the man of the match award in a friendly against Bulgaria.
Conor Coventry: “I love this country”
It looks like Coventry is more inclined to follow Cullen’s example, rather than Rice’s. While no decision on his senior international allegiance has been set in stone, Coventry declared his love for the Boys in Green on social media. Following their 3-1 win over Sweden U21s, the 19-year-old said: “Special special night. I love this country, I love this team.”
While Coventry might follow Rice into the West Ham first-team in the near future, he is unlikely to play for England. The East London-born midfielder seems settled in the Irish camp after excelling during the recent internationals.
Coventry is set for an exciting future. He could form a strong partnership with Rice at West Ham. But Cullen might be his long-term partner on the international stage.