Declan Rice wins Irish Young Player of the Year award despite declaring for England

Declan Rice performed for the Republic of Eire from U16 level

Declan Rice is to be named Eire’s Younger Participant of the Yr at Sunday’s FAI Global Awards – despite opting to change allegiance to England.

The award for the West Ham participant changed into as soon as voted for by members of the Soccer Writers’ Association of Eire.

At the time of the vote, Rice changed into as soon as a Republic of Eire international and qualified for the Younger Participant prize.

The 20-year-frail won three senior caps in international friendly games but published his decision closing month.

Fifaconfirmed closing weekthat Rice, who changed into as soon as born in London with Irish grandparents, changed into as soon as free to originate his England profession.

Resulting from all his Republic appearances had been friendlies it left the door commence for the participant, who considers himself to be “of mixed nationality”, tocommerce allegiance.

After representing Eire at formative years level, Rice’s senior games integrated facing France and the usa sooner than the 2018 World Cup.

On the opposite hand, hypothesis over his long-term international future mounted after he grew to change real into a West Ham smartly-liked beneath Manuel Pellegrini this season.

“The FAI has performed his international transfer via the Fifa protocols and desires him wisely in due direction,” read an announcement released by the FAI on Tuesday.

“This award maintains the integrity of the vote casting process alongside with the Soccer Writers’ Association of Eire and the FAI thanks the jury members for his or her choices pertaining to to the awards,” the assertion continued.

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The midfielder will no longer be in Dublin on Sunday to web his award.

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