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Rice had big call to make just as I did: Rose



Decision: Danny Rose

Decision: Danny Rose

Decision: Danny Rose

Danny Rose welcomed Declan Rice into the England senior squad having previously faced his own decision on which nation he wanted to represent.

West Ham midfielder Rice made three friendly appearances for the Republic of Ireland before FIFA ratified his request to switch allegiances and play for the Three Lions.

He was called up by Gareth Southgate at the first opportunity and could make his debut in the Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic at Wembley tomorrow night and away to Montenegro on Monday.

Rose, 28, did not make his own England debut until March 2016 before then-manager Roy Hodgson picked him in his squad for the European Championships.

But things could have been different for the Tottenham full-back and had he been overlooked that summer, he may have turned out for Jamaica at the 2016 Copa America instead.

"I could have played for Jamaica," he said. "Both sets of grandparents are Jamaican, it was only a conversation really. Yes, I did think about it because obviously at one point I didn't think I would get a chance to play for England.

"I wasn't involved until I was 26, and for me that was a bit late because I had been playing regularly since I was 21.

"There was a point where I didn't think I was going to play for England. It was only a conversation, there was no deep thought in it - had I not gone to the Euros then it might have been different."

Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has withdrawn from the England squad because of a back injury. No player has been called up to replace the 20-year-old, leaving Southgate with a 22-man squad.

England said Alexander-Arnold arrived with a back injury.

Belfast Telegraph