Published: Thu, March 21, 2019
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Rice apologises as old social media post highlighted

Rice apologises as old social media post highlighted

Declan Rice has an issued an apologetic statement regarding a 2015 "Up the RA" comment on Instagram.

In 2015, Rice, then an Ireland U17 global, posted "Up the 'Ra" in response to a teammate, expressing the hope that Ireland would meet England at the age grade.

Rice could make his debut tomorrow night in England's first Euro qualifier against the Czech Republic at Wembley.

West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice has apologised following the emergence of old social media comments which appear to show him showing support to the IRA.

Rice released a statement after the post, made when he was 15, resurfaced on social media.

Republic of Ireland midfielder Harry Arter has spoken for the first time about the impact his infamous fall-out with Roy Keane played in Declan Rice's decision to switch his worldwide allegiances to England. "I think people understand".

"Rice made the "#UPTHERA" post on his Instagram account while he was still representing Ireland at underage level.

The 20-year-old also said his "naive words were not meant to be a political opinion and do not represent who I am".

Rice took the decision to switch allegiance from Ireland to England after discussions with Irish bosses Martin O'Neill and Mick McCarthy, as well as England boss Southgate, before announcing his decision via an Instagram post. I am a proud Englishman, having been born and raised in London.

"Declan is a young player and he has strong English and Irish connections in his family".

"It was really good playing for Ireland. I am from England", he said. Now I'm just really looking forward to the future and pulling on the England shirt.

"I got abuse a few years back when there were rumours that I might be considering switching my allegiances to England and it wasn't nice, so I can only imagine what kind of stuff he has been getting in the last few weeks since he made his intentions clear".

The FA said in a statement: "We are aware of the matter and will be writing to him to remind him of his responsibilities".

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