Arriving at your first day with England carrying your stuff in a Hammers carrier bag 😂— West Ham United News (@WestHam_fl) March 18, 2019
You gotta love Declan Rice!pic.twitter.com/Ler24h5xos
The pair have been included in the England squad to face Ireland
It seems a long time ago since Declan Rice rejected Ireland in favour of England. In reality, it’s been less than 2 years. Since then, the West Ham midfielder has established himself as a regular for his country. Some would argue that he’s an Englishman so he should be allowed to play for the country, which is fair. Others would contend that he abused the Irish system for his own gain, thus denying other Irishmen the opportunity to represent their nation.
Similarly, Jack Grealish also played for Ireland but ultimately decided his future rested with England. However, the circumstances surrounding his decision are slightly different. Nearly 6 years following his switch to the Three Lions, many Ireland fans have *somewhat* forgiven Jack Grealish. This may be due to the length of time since his choice. Alternatively, it could be because Grealish never represented Ireland at senior level. Either way, Declan Rice is a far more maligned figure than the Aston Villa man.
👀 𝗩 𝗜 𝗦 𝗜 𝗢 𝗡 👀@JackGrealish was on 🔥 last night! 😍 pic.twitter.com/X23LU4DN7N
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) OCTOBER 19, 2020
The England squad also features Michael Keane, whom represented Ireland up to u19 level before switching allegiance. The Everton defender has represented England since 2012, though.
Callum Robinson, on the other hand, previously represented England at underage level before declaring for Ireland in 2018. He has accumulated 15 caps since then. He’ll be looking to add to his catalogue against the country he once represented.
The nations are scheduled to meet in a friendly on the 12th of November. Thursday is the day of the match which will kick off at 20:00. Wembley stadium will be the venue for the fixture in what promises to be an intriguing affair. It has been over 5 years since the two historical rivals last met. The last match ended in a scoreless draw. Let’s hope there’s more entertainment on show this time around.
Irish TV will not be broadcasting the match. However, ITV will be providing coverage for those in need of an alternative solution.
Ireland are also set to don their newly unveiled kit for the first time on the date. Umbro are the manufacturers of the kit which will feature no sponsor, unlike previous years.
🎥 KIT REVEAL
A closer look at the new Ireland 🇮🇪 home kit#BackToUmbro | #COYBIG | #COYGIG pic.twitter.com/D9Qcgc8xfc
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) OCTOBER 29, 2020
There are no real surprises in terms of team selection for both nations. All players called up have played or been in included in previous squads. Here are the England and Ireland squads for the fixture: