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    Game against Gibraltar is the 26th of March, so I reckon the squad will be announced around the eighth

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    If he was going to stay with us the professional way to go about would be just have McCarthy name him in the squad and just move on rather than a big social media BS announcement. There doesn't need to be big fanfare one way or other.

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    Bit of an odd one this (Tin foil hats at the ready) , but if you go to www.faishop.com, in the banner ad for the away jersey Mr Rice is one of the 3 players pictured wearing the shirt.

    Has this always been the case or is a little subtle hint of whats to come?

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    Debate on that one, Eire Guide announced it as a return the other day, as having been removed when he took time out but that was disputed since as always having been there. I don't honestly know.

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    I'm convinced or else convincing myself he will be named in the squad for March.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olé Olé View Post
    I'm convinced or else convincing myself he will be named in the squad for March.
    No news is good news at this stage I feel also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeLorean View Post
    No news is good news at this stage I feel also.
    there is merit in that view ok. with Englands euros campaign to start next month, along with their Nations League finals appearance in June, Rice would have to have started the change over process by now to be available to be involved. I would like to think the process wouldnt have started in advance of any public declaration to play for England.

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    Is it possible to kick that process off without it leaking to the public though? Not sure why someone in the FAI wouldn't break rank and leak it if they saw a letter coming from the FA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olé Olé View Post
    Is it possible to kick that process off without it leaking to the public though? Not sure why someone in the FAI wouldn't break rank and leak it if they saw a letter coming from the FA.
    If the switching process had begun behind the scenes - it would have been leaked. Have the FAI anything to gain by keeping it quiet?

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    I just hope there isn't a Riceless squad announcement followed by Mick confirming he's requested "a little more time". I'd nearly prefer if he just chose England. Well, not really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeLorean View Post
    I just hope there isn't a Riceless squad announcement followed by Mick confirming he's requested "a little more time". I'd nearly prefer if he just chose England. Well, not really.
    Yeah, that would really be taking the mick. That, coupled with the fact that there have been no murmurs of the switching process being initiated, would suggest that he's sticking with us or is hoping to play himself into contention with England from next season on. I think it's clear that if he were eligible he'd be in England's squad in March.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeLorean View Post
    I just hope there isn't a Riceless squad announcement followed by Mick confirming he's requested "a little more time". I'd nearly prefer if he just chose England. Well, not really.
    To be honest, if Rice is not in the next squad we should forget about him. Nobody needs that amount of time to make up their mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrapAPony View Post
    To be honest, if Rice is not in the next squad we should forget about him. Nobody needs that amount of time to make up their mind.
    I think you're right in one sense but he was born in England and is keeping them waiting long enough too. Do you think they would take the same stance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olé Olé View Post
    I think you're right in one sense but he was born in England and is keeping them waiting long enough too. Do you think they would take the same stance?
    he hasn't already got 3 england caps.
    if he hasn't confirmed by the march squad then that's the end of my patience with it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olé Olé View Post
    I think you're right in one sense but he was born in England and is keeping them waiting long enough too. Do you think they would take the same stance?
    England have nothing to lose as he was never their player in the first place. We are the ones who Rice has played all the way up along for at underage level and has 3 caps at Senior level. He has been given more than enough time by the FAI and I am definitely of the opinion that if he is not in the squad for the Gibraltar match then he is best forgotten.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrapAPony View Post
    England have nothing to lose as he was never their player in the first place. We are the ones who Rice has played all the way up along for at underage level and has 3 caps at Senior level. He has been given more than enough time by the FAI and I am definitely of the opinion that if he is not in the squad for the Gibraltar match then he is best forgotten.
    On one level I agree, on another my desire to have him fully onboard would not be diminished if he just chose to make himself available for the June games.
    You'd think he wouldn't look forward to being a part of another team (besides West Ham) where his name is pronounced Wice by all and sundry.

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    When is the squad for upcoming games being announced?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tetsujin1979 View Post
    Game against Gibraltar is the 26th of March, so I reckon the squad will be announced around the eighth
    I’ll go off this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geysir View Post
    You'd think he wouldn't look forward to being a part of another team (besides West Ham) where his name is pronounced Wice by all and sundry.
    To be fair, only Roy Hodgson and Alan Smith would call him that.

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