DECLAN RICE has told doubters: My accent proves I’m English!
The ex-Republic of Ireland player trained with the Three Lions for the first time yesterday following his call-up.
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And West Ham star Rice, 20, is keen to prove he was right to turn his back on the Irish.
He said: “As you can hear, I am English. I am from England.
“It was really good playing for Ireland. Now I’m just really looking forward to the future and pulling on the England shirt.
“I’ve just got to look forward and forget about the past.”
He added: “I was ill the day the squad got announced.
"My dad came home and we were watching the TV and it came up that I was in the squad.
“I was just bursting with pride. The call-up is one of the best feelings ever.”
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Rice has featured three times for Ireland's senior side since making his debut against Turkey in March 2018.
And despite switching his allegiances, the midfielder was recently named as Ireland's Young Player of the Year.
He has been one of the Hammers' top performers this season – chipping in with two goals in 32 appearances in all competitions.