Players vent frustration over Declan Rice’s decision to stall

Players vent frustration over Declan Rice’s decision to stall

Latest: Ireland midfielder James McClean has backed former player Kevin Kilbane's view that Declan Rice shouldn't play for Ireland again.

McClean replied to Kilbane's tweet saying: "Bang on lad.. representing your country should be an honour and a proud moment."

Former Ireland striker Stephen Elliot weighed in on the matter saying: The D Rice situation is totally wrong. Being able to change nation after playing non competitive games is a farce. Playing for your country should mean everything to you. Don’t get it. Greed by outside influences on players again most likely! The door should be shut now for him

Earlier: Former Republic of Ireland footballer, Kevin Kilbane, has said that Declan Rice should not play for the Republic of Ireland after it was revealed today that Rice is "still deliberating" over his international career.

Kilbane took to Twitter to vent his frustration at the news that Rice declined to join the Republic squad in order to weigh up his future before being capped in a competitive international.

Players vent frustration over Declan Rice’s decision to stall

Martin O'Neill had hoped to hand a competitive cap to the England born defender to secure his services at senior level, Rice has represented Ireland on three occasions in friendly games.

He told O’Neill that he would like more time to consider his options after talks with representatives from the English FA.

Kilbane wrote on Twitter: “I’d rather be ranked 150th in the world and never qualify again than have someone who has played, but needs time to THINK whether they should play for us again. Well done to MON for transparency."

O'Neill revealed at today's squad announcement that he had spoken to Rice's family.

He said: "He is a young man. England have spoken to him. He is taking time to make his mind up. He has done brilliantly for us. I'm giving him a little bit of time."

O'Neill said he remains hopeful that Rice will commit his future to the Republic of Ireland.

He said: "After the Turkey game his father was there and it was a joyous moment for them. We have done everything we can. He has been welcomed by the squad, the fans. He is taking time and I am respecting that."

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