Former England defender believes Declan Rice should still be playing for Ireland

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Former England defender Stuart Pearce was speaking on TalkSPORT this week and believes you shouldn’t be a allowed to change allegiance if you play for one country originally, and yes he did include Declan Rice in this.

“One thing I disagree with, and I think a ruling should be made – as soon as you wear a national shirt for a country, you cannot change allegiance. Even in the youth ranks. Especially in the youth ranks. That turns into club football.”

“It’s not a statement about Declan, they were the rules at the time… When we played against Germany in a major finals, their left-back turned up playing for the Canadians a month or so later.

“When you decide to put a national shirt on at any age group, you should not be able to chop, change and play for another nation. It’s wrong!”

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