Declan Rice’s dad admits he’s disappointed his son chose to play for England over Ireland

DECLAN RICE’S dad has revealed his shock at the West Ham star’s switch to England.

Highly-rated Rice, 20, announced last week his decision to play for the Three Lions.

Declan Rice’s dad admits disappointment at his son’s decision to choose England over Ireland
Declan Rice decided to play for England over Ireland despite making three senior appearances for the Boys in Green

The midfielder said that he was a “proud Englishman” despite having played at under-age level and in three senior friendlies for Ireland.

But disappointed dad Sean told pals: “I’m very Irish, my mum and dad were very Irish and Declan grew up in an Irish/English environment as a lot of people from London do.

“And so at the end of the day he had to make a choice and I have to support my son.

“I wouldn’t have thought for 100 years he’d run out in an England shirt but he’s got his reasons.

Declan Rice’s father admitted he didn’t expect to see his son play for England in “100 years”
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“It’s just a shame really — fingers crossed it all goes well.”

Last March Sean travelled to Turkey to watch his son’s Ireland debut from the stands at the Antalya Stadium.

Rice tweeted after the 1-0 defeat: “Wasn’t the result we wanted tonight . . . but on a personal level delighted to have picked up man of the match on my debut.

“Very proud moment for me & my family. Big love to my dad who came all the way out to come and watch, love you.”

And he told reporters: “I knew the anthem well. It brought a little bit of a tear to my eye singing it and thinking of my nana and grandad. It was a special moment.”

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