Declan Rice seems to be no closer to deciding whom he wants to represent at an international level.

Having turned out for the Republic of Ireland at numerous age groups – including the senior side – the defensive midfielder still has time to change, due to having not appeared in a competitive match for the Emerald Isle. 

As such, England fans have been holding out hope the 20-year-old would switch his allegiance. 

Born in London, Rice qualifies for Ireland through his grandparents, who hail from County Cork in the southern reaches of the country. 

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In an effort to convince the former Chelsea youth sensation to don the three lions, manager Gareth Southgate will reportedly contact Rice himself to check in on his decision-making process. 

Breaking into the first team this season, Rice has made 20 appearances in the Premier League so far this campaign, scoring the only goal in a satisfying 1-0 victory against Arsenal earlier this month. 

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