Gareth Southgate has backed midfielders Declan Rice and Jack Grealish, and defender Michael Keane to have profitable England careers after switching their allegiance from Ireland. West Ham United’s Rice was capped 3 times by Ireland, whereas Aston Villa’s Grealish and Everton’s Keane each performed for Ireland’s youth groups earlier than committing their future to England.
The trio will now put together to face Ireland for the primary time since their switch after being named in England’s squad for the upcoming pleasant.
“…I think the three boys we have with us, they look as if they can have good international careers and we’re just focusing on that part of it, really,” Southgate instructed British media.
“We’ve got a lot of these situations. We played Wales last month and they had a couple of players who were with us as youngsters: Tyler Roberts and Ethan Ampadu. We didn’t want to lose them.
“I think everybody is facing these challenges with dual nationality players. We’ve always got to get the balance right of not capping them too early and just to stop them going somewhere else.”
England face Ireland on Nov. 12 earlier than taking part in Nations League A Group 2 video games in opposition to Belgium on Nov. 15 and Iceland on Nov. 18.