Declan Rice says he is ‘proud and honoured’ after being called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.
England face the Czech Republic and Montenegro this month, with West Ham midfielder Rice being called up for the first time since switching his international allegiance from the Republic of Ireland to England.
Rice was capped three times by Ireland, but the London-born 20-year-old had his change of allegiance approved by FIFA as the appearances were all in friendly fixtures.
“I am very proud and honoured to have been selected by England, and I am excited to start working with Gareth Southgate, the coaches and the rest of the squad following our match against Huddersfield Town this weekend,” Rice whufc.com.
“As I said last month, I had an extremely difficult decision to make regarding my international future, but I have made that decision and now I just want to focus on the future, continuing to work hard and play as well as I possibly can.
“I know that nothing can be taken for granted, and there is still a lot of hard work ahead of me. However, I am looking forward to the challenge of trying to prove to the England manager that I am worthy of a place in his team, and hopefully continuing to progress my career in the right direction.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the people closest to me for the fantastic support they have given me, and to say how grateful I am for all of the positive and supportive messages I have received in recent weeks.”