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    Quote Originally Posted by backstothewall View Post
    The Grealish episode will be a cautionary tale i'd imagine. He thought the grass was greener and ended up swapping a Euros for a Toulon tournament
    He is playing very well for Villa since he came back from injury. what a super player he is but the heart wants what the heart wants which unfortunately wasn't us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanfhear View Post
    Was Pat Rice one that got away....back in the day he was quite a player for Arsenal . Well a good full back .

    Players didn’t seem to have the choice in those days mind .
    They had a choice, as far as the rules were concerned anyway. There just wasn't a huge degree of awareness about it and there was no right to switch association once until 2004, so if a player was selected at youth level by the IFA prior to then, he was cap-tied for good.

    As for Declan Rice, I have a good feeling about him and wouldn't be concerned. He sounds very keen, committed and proud of his roots any time I've heard him. I think the media are making a bit more out of Southgate's words than is warranted. There's no suggestion or indication that Rice has even had his head turned. Southgate pretty much just said England were aware of the player after, it seemed, he was specifically asked about the player by an interviewer. At least, the way Southgate phrased his answer would suggest to me that someone else raised the topic of Rice to Southgate rather than Southgate just mentioning Rice out of the blue. It would lead me to think that the FA probably aren't focusing on Rice as intensely as the headlines would suggest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tetsujin1979 View Post
    on Off The Ball last night it was mentioned that Rice corrected a journalist from the London Evening Standard who said something (somewhat sarcastically) "Rice, it's a very Irish name", to which Rice replied "well, yeah, I'm Irish" and that he was looking forward to getting back in with the squad in March
    Also mentioned, in relation to Grealish switching allegiances, that there was no mention of English interest in Grealish until he started appearing for Villa's first team, and then articles started appearing asking why he wasn't called into the England setup before this, which put pressure on the FA to do something (anything) about it. With the increased coverage of Rice's performances lately, segments on MOTD were mentioned, is what led to the questions to Southgate. He can't be seen to be weak on this, so had to say, otherwise he'd be crucified in the press.
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    I'm pretty confident he won't change allegiances, but there's no quotes from the player, or management in any of those pieces. The closest is the word "situation" in the mirror from Southgate when he was asked about Rice last week.

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    I agree with you Tets. It's been widely-reported but I'm not sure if the basis for the media's confidence is clear in any of the reports. Have no reason not to take it at face value though.

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    It's difficult to see somebody called "Declan" turning out for England.

    The force is strong in the boy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brine3 View Post
    It's difficult to see somebody called "Declan" turning out for England.

    The force is strong in the boy.
    They've had a Kieran (Gibbs) so anything is possible
    Forget about the performance or entertainment. It's only the result that matters.

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    But not a Ciarán Gibbs...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BonnieShels View Post
    But not a Ciarán Gibbs...
    They did, however, have a Ciarán Clark up to U20 (or is it Ciaran?). Quick question - the U21s are in with a shout of making the play-offs for the Euros and have a game against Azerbaijan on March 27th - should Rice play in that game instead of the friendly against Japan? If so, should he still play against Turkey on March 23rd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by samhaydenjr View Post
    They did, however, have a Ciarán Clark up to U20 (or is it Ciaran?). Quick question - the U21s are in with a shout of making the play-offs for the Euros and have a game against Azerbaijan on March 27th - should Rice play in that game instead of the friendly against Japan? If so, should he still play against Turkey on March 23rd?
    He should definitely play in turkey please Conor masterson could do with been called up to our 21 s

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    Playing again today. Need to be capping him against Turkey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrapAPony View Post
    Playing again today. Need to be capping him against Turkey.
    Reid and fonte on the bench so he is doing well to be ahead of 2 established premier league defenders they also have let Burke and Oxford go back on loan other defenders who I would have seen as ahead of him at beginning of season

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    West Ham look as if they're going to sign Patrice Evra. Not good news for Rice. Think he will be boiling with rage.
    Forget about the performance or entertainment. It's only the result that matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OwlsFan View Post
    West Ham look as if they're going to sign Patrice Evra. Not good news for Rice. Think he will be boiling with rage.
    Could be a sticky situation for him alright

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    Evre is 37 in three months, i would be very suprised if he takes Rices place

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fixer82 View Post
    Could be a sticky situation for him alright
    Apparently he went white when told the news.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggs246 View Post
    Evre is 37 in three months, i would be very suprised if he takes Rices place
    I looked and looked, but I can't find the joke in this one. My uncle Ben couldn't find it either.

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    Declan just needs to curry favour and chip in with a few goals

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