Declan Rice: Andy Townsend disagrees with rules around international allegiance

Declan Rice played in three friendlies for Republic of Ireland in opposition to Turkey, France and america final year

Mild Republic of Ireland midfielder Andy Townsend disagrees with the foundations that allowed Declan Rice to interchange global allegiance to England.

Rice, 20, won three senior caps for the Republic of Ireland, all in friendlies.

Nonetheless, he modified into as soon as able to pledge his global future to England as he had no longer played in a competitive match.

“I mediate the foundations are sinful and they make no longer pause any individual any favours,” Townsend instructed BBC Radio 5 live.

“I pause realize that, for heaps of reasons, playing for England might perchance perchance be more fundamental than playing for Ireland nonetheless I mediate whereas that you would be succesful to ranking made the determination to play for a bunch, that ought to be it and moreover you’d neutral nonetheless gain on with it.”

Rice modified into as soon as born in England nonetheless has played for the Republic, his grandparents’ nation, since under-16 diploma.

In August, he stated he wanted more time to mediate his global future.

“I make no longer mediate there might be any doubt that over time he’s going to gain a likelihood to play for the senior England national group,” added Townsend, who modified into as soon as born in England nonetheless earned 70 caps for the Republic.

“But it be such a shame because I mediate he’s willing now to if truth be told dash and lead Ireland and propel them forward.

“But he’s made his call and that is the explanation his determination.”

How Rice’s Opta stats evaluate to his England midfield competitors
PlayerPassing accuracy %Minutes playedInterceptions/90minsTackles/90minsProbabilities createdTouches/90minsGoals
Declan Rice86.0320251.62.7757.71
Jordan Henderson88.7212331.22.38100.60
Fabian Delph91.347251.62.93107.40
Eric Dier84.9411331.31.9672.62
Harry Winks91.3614191.11.3590.21

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