West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice has been given the green light to represent the England national team after making the switch on the international stage.
World soccer ruling body FIFA have endorsed the player’s international switch after the 20-year-old opted to make himself available for selection despite playing three games for the Republic of Ireland.
Declan Rice was born in London, England but he was able to play international football for the Republic of Ireland through his grandparents.
The former Chelsea utility player has been in very good form for West Ham United and that has attracted the interest of several clubs including Manchester City and Arsenal.
The Gunners want to sign a new center back in the summer and Declan Rice could be an option for Arsenal manager Unai Emery who’s desperate to strengthen his squad for next season.
Declan Rice can play both as a centre back and as a defensive midfielder.
FIFA confirmed the new development in an interview with Omnisport via an official of the football body.
Rice is now available for selection for the Three Lions under the managerial guidance of Gareth Southgate ahead of the start of the Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Southgate is expected to unveil his list for the qualifying games against the Czech Republic and Montenegro in the coming days.