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Roy Keane rubbishes David Gold's Declan Rice England comments

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane rubbishes comments from David Gold about Declan Rice potentially playing for England.

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has rubbished the notion that West Ham United's Declan Rice could switch international allegiances and play for England.

Hammers co-owner David Gold was recently quoted as saying that he sees Rice as a future England international, despite the defender having won one cap for Ireland.

Rice is entitled to switch national teams since he has not made a competitive appearance for either, but Keane was quick to dismiss Gold's comments.

"It's going to be pretty difficult if he's Irish, and he is Irish, he plays for Ireland," the Evening Standard quotes the former Manchester United midfielder as saying.

"Where else would he want to go? If you had a choice, Ireland or England... It's pretty straightforward. Ireland."

Reports suggest that the England setup is indeed monitoring Rice's progress.


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