Speaking out on the dilemma facing athletes with mixed nationalities, one of the Premier League's promising young talents went public on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) with his decision on which global team he wants to play for.
I have equal respect for both England and Ireland and therefore the national team I choose to represent is not a clear-cut, simple selection.
"This has been an extremely hard decision and, in all honesty, not one I ever expected to be making at this stage of my career", Rice said in a statement.
West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has announced he will continue his global career with England, after having previously played with Ireland.More news: Ozzy Osbourne is out of the ICU
In a long statement on Twitter, he said: "I consider myself to be of mixed nationality".
Rice was born in London but is eligible for Ireland as his grandparents are from Cork and he played all his junior worldwide football for them.
Rice has made 23 Premier League appearances for West Ham this season, scoring one goal.
Ireland coach Mick McCarthy and England counterpart Gareth Southgate were also consulted before being informed on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) that a request to Federation Internationale de Football Association to switch his worldwide registration.More news: 2 children found locked in dog kennel in north Texas, reports say
The 20-year-old added that he had reached this conclusion after discussions with those two global managers, with the former Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and with his family and friends.
Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy spoke about the news in a press conference, saying: "Declan rang me today and said he has made a decision to give it a go with England".
Rice said: "My pride at wearing the Irish shirt was always 100 percent genuine", but added that he hopes to be called up by England because that's "best for my future".
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England reached the semifinals at last year's World Cup and will play in the UEFA Nations League final four in June.