'I would have told them the rules': Martin O’Neill discusses managing Declan Rice and Jack Grealish for Ireland

Declan Rice and Jack Grealish applaud the England fans
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International football often raises complex issues of identity and allegiance, with many players eligible to represent more than one country.

Several members of England’s World Cup squad had a decision to make about which country they wanted to commit to, including Declan Rice and Jack Grealish.

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Sean Cole

Sean Cole is a freelance journalist. He has written for FourFourTwo, BBC Sport and When Saturday Comes among others. A Birmingham City supporter and staunch Nikola Zigic advocate, he once scored a hat-trick at St. Andrew’s (in a half-time game). He also has far too many football shirts and spends far too much time reading the Wikipedia pages of obscure players.