Gary Neville claims Declan Rice should NOT PLAY for England having already represented Ireland

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‘It doesn’t feel right to me’: Gary Neville claims Declan Rice should NOT PLAY for England having already represented Republic of Ireland

  • Declan Rice represented Ireland three times before switching to play for England
  • Gary Neville claims the West Ham midfielder should not play for the Three Lions
  • Neville has called on FIFA and UEFA to stop allowing players to swap allegiances 

Gary Neville insists West Ham midfielder Declan Rice should not be able to play for England having already won three senior Republic of Ireland caps.

Rice has now played three times for the Three Lions and has again been called up for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.

But Neville, who featured 85 times for England during the years of 1995-2007, has called on FIFA and UEFA to stop allowing players to swap their allegiances as he claims playing for your ‘country is about emotion’.

Declan Rice has won three caps for England and is in Gareth Southgate's latest squad

Declan Rice has won three caps for England and is in Gareth Southgate’s latest squad

Gary Neville claims Rice should not play for England having already represented Ireland

Gary Neville claims Rice should not play for England having already represented Ireland

While at the launch of the Cadbury Premier League Partnership in Dublin, the 44-year-old said: ‘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.’

The West Ham star represented Ireland's senior team three times before swapping allegiances

The West Ham star represented Ireland’s senior team three times before swapping allegiances

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