Although, after spending an absolute fortune in the summer transfer window, West Ham have struggled to make the impact we all hoped for, in the Premier League, this season, there has been one huge positive to reflect on, the form of Declan Rice.
The teenager has produced some performances that have proven that he has the ability to compete at this level and go on to become an established member of Manuel Pellegrini’s starting eleven.
However, whilst Declan has received numerous accolades this season, there remain two topics, relating to his career, that still requires resolving.
The first, a new improved contract, appears to be the subject of on-going talks and, here at Vital West Ham, we sincerely hope that it comes to a positive resolution soon.
The second revolves around which international side the 19-year-old would prefer to play for.
Despite making two appearances for the Republic of Ireland, both in friendly internationals, there has been numerous column inches generated that suggest Declan could commit his future to England, with the rulebook stating that is still possible as he has yet to play a competitive game for the Republic of Ireland.
Whilst the subject has been debated for several weeks, it is being reported by the popular tabloid publication, the Star, Declan has come to a decision.
It appears that despite having Irish heritage, Declan is set to commit his international future to the country of his birth, England.
Personally, I’ve always been of the opinion that you should play for your country of birth unless there were exceptional circumstances that led to you being born in another country, like a parent serving with the armed forces etc.
It remains to be seen if Declan can force his way into the England side in the immediate future of whether he’ll have to be content with a place in the U21 side at first.