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    https://twitter.com/_DeclanRice/stat...192120323?s=19

    Hopefully if he misses Ronan so much he is going to arrange a get together in March.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olé Olé View Post
    https://twitter.com/_DeclanRice/stat...192120323?s=19

    Hopefully if he misses Ronan so much he is going to arrange a get together in March.
    He is such a tease....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olé Olé View Post
    https://twitter.com/_DeclanRice/stat...192120323?s=19

    Hopefully if he misses Ronan so much he is going to arrange a get together in March.
    Yeah I noticed that. Its not the first time either. He appears really close to Curtis. Mick should take note!

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    Do you think Declan is beset by some good old fashioned Irish procrastinationon about this lingering question? If so, is that in our favour?

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    https://www.independent.ie/sport/soc...-37699081.html

    Ah yes the "Evening standard" the man is so going to England its not even funny. His treatment of the people of Ireland has been a disgrace, even this tactical article to break us in slowly to his defection

    Does anyone who is not in John Of Gods now think he is staying?

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    The brother is mentioned there. O'Neill said "the brothers" wanted him to play for us. Not sure if that's his uncles or own brothers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggs246 View Post
    https://www.independent.ie/sport/soc...-37699081.html

    Ah yes the "Evening standard" the man is so going to England its not even funny. His treatment of the people of Ireland has been a disgrace, even this tactical article to break us in slowly to his defection

    Does anyone who is not in John Of Gods now think he is staying?
    As a committed John of Gods member, I hold out hope and am still leaning more towards him staying with us.

    For every ambiguous comment, there are equally ambiguous suggestions that he might be coming to us (Walters interview). I don't know, I don't hate him for how this has shaken down. He's young, he's good and he has had his head turned by Gareth Southgate, manager of the country of his birth and the birth of his parents.

    The main criticism I have here is over the behavior of Southgate on this case (as well as what seems to be his or the FA's greedy modus operandi of handing out call ups and caps to borderline players with dual eligibility). If I was to place some blame at Rice's feet it would be over his failure to say no to Southgate when he tapped his shoulder. It would have been far easier to say "no thanks, I have made my decision - check out these lovely green caps" at that point than it is now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkStu View Post
    As a committed John of Gods member, I hold out hope and am still leaning more towards him staying with us.

    For every ambiguous comment, there are equally ambiguous suggestions that he might be coming to us (Walters interview). I don't know, I don't hate him for how this has shaken down. He's young, he's good and he has had his head turned by Gareth Southgate, manager of the country of his birth and the birth of his parents.
    I'd say it's far more likely that his head was 'turned' by England's showing in the World Cup, and not by Southgate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggs246 View Post
    https://www.independent.ie/sport/soc...-37699081.html

    Ah yes the "Evening standard" the man is so going to England its not even funny.
    It's a London paper; he's from London; he plays for a London club. Settle.

    His treatment of the people of Ireland has been a disgrace, even this tactical article to break us in slowly to his defection

    Does anyone who is not in John Of Gods now think he is staying?
    I have no problem whatsoever with players who have dual nationality weighing up their options, because they have de facto dual loyalties. My main problem is that a player can do so after playing for the senior team. The fact that these caps came in friendly internationals may matter under the FIFA rules, but they matter little to me on principle. That said, I still hope that Rice decides to remain with us.

    It looks like we're going to find out one way or the other soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fly View Post
    It's a London paper; he's from London; he plays for a London club. Settle.



    I have no problem whatsoever with players who have dual nationality weighing up their options, because they have de facto dual loyalties. My main problem is that a player can do so after playing for the senior team. The fact that these caps came in friendly internationals may matter under the FIFA rules, but they matter little to me on principle. That said, I still hope that Rice decides to remain with us.

    It looks like we're going to find out one way or the other soon.
    So? we have an invention called the telephone, he is using a very English paper and an English journalist for a very good reason

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggs246 View Post
    So? we have an invention called the telephone, he is using a very English paper and an English journalist for a very good reason
    maybe the intention is to let England fans down gently??

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    I was quietly confident that he would stay with us and that this was all dragged out due to his contract negotiations ( better deal if he was with England and so on)
    But the comments he made in the interview regarding ambitions cant go unnoticed

    "As for now, I want to play at the top level throughout my career. I want to win trophies, even the Champions League. You have to be ambitious. If not, what's the point?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbyrne View Post
    maybe the intention is to let England fans down gently??
    and maybe Cindy Crawford will jump into bed with me tonight.... come on man! are u serious?

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    Contracts done , really no excuse now for the indecision. I believe his brother initially wanted him to play for England then apparently had a change of heart (read that somewhere from an O’Neil quote)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunners View Post
    I was quietly confident that he would stay with us and that this was all dragged out due to his contract negotiations ( better deal if he was with England and so on)
    But the comments he made in the interview regarding ambitions cant go unnoticed

    "As for now, I want to play at the top level throughout my career. I want to win trophies, even the Champions League. You have to be ambitious. If not, what's the point?"
    Does that not also apply for his club career? Why did he sign a new contract with West Ham when he could get a move to Man City or someone else? Ireland make more international tournaments than West Ham do Champions Leagues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggs246 View Post
    So? we have an invention called the telephone, he is using a very English paper and an English journalist for a very good reason
    The focus of the interview is on his club career to date.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dunners View Post
    I was quietly confident that he would stay with us and that this was all dragged out due to his contract negotiations ( better deal if he was with England and so on)
    But the comments he made in the interview regarding ambitions cant go unnoticed

    "As for now, I want to play at the top level throughout my career. I want to win trophies, even the Champions League. You have to be ambitious. If not, what's the point?"
    What's more ambitious than winning a trophy with Ireland?

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    "With regard to my international future, myself, my dad and my brother (Connor) have talked with Ireland coach Mick McCarthy and I’ve also spoken to Gareth Southgate.

    Connor and Declan, his father must have very little influence. He'd have 3 more ireland caps by now anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggs246 View Post
    https://www.independent.ie/sport/soc...-37699081.html

    Ah yes the "Evening standard" the man is so going to England its not even funny. His treatment of the people of Ireland has been a disgrace, even this tactical article to break us in slowly to his defection

    Does anyone who is not in John Of Gods now think he is staying?
    Evening Standard is a london evening paper, its closely associated with the irons. Allardyce and Bilic both wrote weekly articles when in charge. If anyone speaks from west ham they speak to the Evening Standard. Init blood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggs246 View Post
    and maybe Cindy Crawford will jump into bed with me tonight.... come on man! are u serious?
    Showing your age there Diggs246 - there will be young-fellas reading that and saying "Who?"
    If a dog weighs under 50 lbs it's a cat, and cats are useless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Real ale Madrid View Post
    Showing your age there Diggs246 - there will be young-fellas reading that and saying "Who?"
    The funny thing is i was going to say "Samantha Fox"

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