Rice receives England call-up for Euro qualifiers

Declan Rice (right) received his first England call-up on Wednesday after switching allegiance from Ireland. (AFP pic)

LONDON: Declan Rice’s decision to switch international allegiance to England was rewarded with his first call-up to Gareth Southgate’s squad on Wednesday for Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro later this month.

West Ham midfielder Rice made three international appearances for the Republic of Ireland but all of them in friendly matches.

The highly rated 20-year-old was born in London but qualified for Ireland via paternal grandparents.

However, after much deliberation he announced last month he would be pursuing an international career with England and his switch was ratified by FIFA last week.