In Good Conscience

Ireland's loss, England's gain - Rice can fuel Three Lions' cause

In years to come, when Declan Rice is embedded into the key anchor role of England's midfield, there will still be Irish voices claiming that the English "stole" their player.

It was in fact very nearly the other way around. The Republic of Ireland has for years had scouts across the water looking for any lad with Irish parents - or grandparents - they might tempt into their green rather than England's white shirt.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 23, 2019, with the headline 'Ireland's loss, England's gain - Rice can fuel Three Lions' cause'. Subscribe