Wednesday 21 August 2019

Declan Rice saga timeline: From man of the match in Turkey to switching allegiance to England 11 months later

Declan Rice
Declan Rice
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From the great white hope to another international defector, here's how Declan Rice switched from the Boys in Green to the Three Lions.

March 2018: Declan Rice makes his senior Ireland debut in a 1-0 friendly loss in Turkey and is the brightest spot to take out of the training trip.

May/June 2018: Harry Arter clashes with Roy Keane before Ireland's double-header with France and USA. Keane also argues with Jon Walters. The row is about players sitting out training and Rice witnesses part of Arter's furious disagreement with Keane.

August 2018: Rice asks to be left out of the Ireland squad for the UEFA Nations League opener with Wales after an approach from England and Gareth Southgate. O'Neill publicly confirms that Arter had an "altercation" with Keane in the summer but says the rows have been cleared up.

October 2018: Rice asks for more time on his future, with O'Neill asserting that both the player and his father have told him that the Arter episode had nothing to do with his dilemma.

December 2018: Mick McCarthy takes over from Martin O'Neill as Ireland boss and reveals that he held 'really good meeting' with Rice over his international future.

December 28, 2018: Rice signs a new five-and-a-half year contract after protracted negotiations with West Ham.

January 10, 2019: Rice says he will make a decision 'soon' in an interview with the London Evening Standard after meetings with Southgate and McCarthy.

January 14, 2019: The FAI send birthday wishes to 'Ireland international' Declan Rice.

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January 29, 2019: Southgate watches West Ham's 3-0 defeat to Wolves amid reports that he is about to make contact with the midfielder.

February 13, 2019: Rice announces that he has decided to submit a written request to FIFA for the transfer of his international registration from the Republic of Ireland to England.

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