Declan Rice will pledge his allegiance to England, according to The Daily Star.

West Ham midfielder Rice has been at the centre of a tug of war between England and the Republic of Ireland recently.

But it looks like he will turn his back on the boys in green and focus on breaking into the England squad.

Declan Rice for Ireland

Declan Rice has played three games for the senior Republic of Ireland team. (Photo By Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Rice has represented the Republic of Ireland at every age group level growing up.

And the 19-year-old has even made three senior appearances for the Irish. But all of those were friendly matches, meaning he is still eligible to change and play for England.

The dilemma

Rice was born in London and has grown up in the capital. He speaks with a Londoner’s dialect.

But his links to Ireland lie in his family with both grandparents coming from Cork.

 

Naturally, the young man feels torn and has loyalties to both nations. But it looks like his heart is leading him towards representing the country of his birth.

How can this help West Ham?

Declan Rice has already played 41 senior games for West Ham. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Rice had two major decisions to make. The first was his international allegiance and the second concerns his contract with West Ham.

Hopefully now that he has decided to represent England, that is a weight off his shoulders.

In turn, he could now commit himself to a long-term contract at West Ham.

However, the risk is that Rice will catch the eye of bigger clubs if he does receive a senior England call-up.

With his contract situation precarious, other clubs will start to take an interest in the young Hammer and try to poach him.

West Ham need to sort out his contract situation immediately as he is the present and future of this club.

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