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    When you look at his words on this and switching, it's so obvious they were written by an agent or West Ham/England's PR team: shallow, calculated, lingistically false (nobody talks like a press release is written, especially sports ones which tend to be most cliche ridden of all). He's getting bad PR advice. Maybe his advisors think he's best served by being protected like this or maybe he's just incapable of taking personal responsibility, but the best way to put this kind of thing to bed is for him to give one or two key interviews to the national media: be humble, apologise, focus on his growing maturity. But I think there are elements in the British media that will never let him forget his Oirish connections, and he could be in for a bumpy ride - he might need to put his press person on retainer! The more that comes out, the more I think we've dodged a bullet with him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by liamoo11 View Post
    Such a statement he only said it to show support for his team mates sure all them Irish are ra heads. This lad is incapable of taking responsibility for his actions. He will have to wear a poppy all year round to make up for this
    Or...line up for West Ham in November like this -

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eminence Grise View Post
    When you look at his words on this and switching, it's so obvious they were written by an agent or West Ham/England's PR team: shallow, calculated, lingistically false (nobody talks like a press release is written, especially sports ones which tend to be most cliche ridden of all). He's getting bad PR advice. Maybe his advisors think he's best served by being protected like this or maybe he's just incapable of taking personal responsibility, but the best way to put this kind of thing to bed is for him to give one or two key interviews to the national media: be humble, apologise, focus on his growing maturity. But I think there are elements in the British media that will never let him forget his Oirish connections, and he could be in for a bumpy ride - he might need to put his press person on retainer! The more that comes out, the more I think we've dodged a bullet with him.
    Strangely, the piece the BBC did on him yesterday, aside from being fawning to an inane degree, barely mentioned his time with Ireland, only bringing it up to praise him not "taking the easy option" by switching, and repeating the lie that he only played for Ireland underage. In the end, how the English media treats him will depend on performances; if he does badly for whatever reason, they will undoubtedly tear him to pieces.
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    Rice has now ruined watching England for me.I used to enjoy their huffing and puffing around the pitch,mystified as they inevitably failed to dispatch inferior opposition with any kind of ease.Now I just desperately want them to get battered in every match and Rice to score a record number of international og’s book-ended by two cruciate injuries (a second after a lengthy recovery period).Now he’s only on the bench! Get him on Garreth so his decline can start properly!
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    And on he goes...

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    Rice dropped after a horror show against the Czechs.England battering Bulgaria without him.Long may it continue....

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    Heís having a horror-season this far, being found out and looking less like Roy Keane and more like David Batty with each failure, a passenger in a one-all with Sheffield Utd today. Heís basically being accommodated by Pellegrini now even in home games. Usually problematic politically for a club manager to drop an England starter so hopefully Southgate will continue to bench him. Interesting to see how West Ham behave in the January window, heís gone from being a Man Utd target to a liability for the Ďammers. Hopefully heíll be enjoying his pie and jellied eels at Southend before long.

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    Satisfyingly anonymous today rather than his usual overtly awful.West Ďam 3-0 down at one point against Newcastle before rallying and getting two back.

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    Decline Rice...

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    Fizzer's voodoo doll doing the trick.

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    He's been heavily linked with a move to Man Utd, possibly even in January. I think it would be a smart bit of business for WHam to sell him if they could get £50+ million (and with Ed Woodward pulling the strings they have every chance of achieving that). He might find it hard to get into this Man Utd team (which is saying something) as I'm not sure he's better than McTominay

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    Probably better options for 50 mill out there really. Man Utd wouldn't pay up for that Newcastle lad during the summer when that was the asking price, so while Woodward is obviously not the best pair of hands on the transfer tiller, don't think he'll be too eager to bite based on Rice's current form.

    If Rice is aiming for a "big" club, he should probably be looking elsewhere, like Chelsea or even Arsenal or Leicester.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeLorean View Post
    Fizzer's voodoo doll doing the trick.
    Hopefully Del He was on the receiving-end of another whupping today. 3-0 Burnley. Rice directly at fault for the first and not quick enough tracking back for the second. His England place has to be at risk at this stage.

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