Gareth Southgate has backed midfielders Declan Rice and Jack Grealish and defender Michael Keane to succeed England’s career after switching their allegiance from Ireland. West Ham United Rice were capped three times by Ireland, while both Aston Villa’s Grealish and Everton’s Keane played for Ireland’s youth teams before making their future for England.
The trio will prepare to face Ireland for the first time since their trio after being named in the England squad for the upcoming friendly.
Southgate told British media, “… I think the three boys we have with us see that they can have good international careers and we’re just focusing on that part.”
“We have got a lot in these situations. We played Wales last month and they had some players who were young players with us: Tyler Roberts and Ethan Ampadu. We did not want to lose them.
“I think everyone is facing these challenges with players of dual nationality. We have always got the right to balance that we do not stop them too soon and prevent them from going anywhere else. “
England face Ireland on 12 November before playing a Commonwealth League A Group 2 game on 12 November. Of Iceland on 15 November and of Iceland on 18 November.
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