Rice is not the only player to make tough decision over international future

Declan Rice has received his first England call-up just weeks after making the agonising decision to represent the country of his birth rather than the Republic of Ireland.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at other players who in recent years have faced a choice between wearing the Three Lions badge or that of another country.

Harry Kane

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England captain Kane won the Golden Boot as the highest goalscorer at last summer’s World Cup in Russia as he led the nation to the semi-finals. However, things might have been very different for Kane, who qualifies for the Republic of Ireland through his father’s side of the family with contact having been made before his breakthrough season at Tottenham.

Eric Dier

England’s Eric Dier (left) exchange words with Spain's Sergio Ramos

England midfielder Eric Dier, left, could have played for Portugal (Nick Potts/PA)

Tottenham defender Dier spent much of his childhood in Portugal after his family emigrated when he was seven, and he took his first steps in senior football with Sporting Lisbon. At one point, Sporting were sounded out by the Portuguese Football Federation, but Dier’s focus was always England.

Adnan Januzaj

England v Belgium – FIFA World Cup 2018 – Group G – Kaliningrad Stadium

Adnan Januzaj was courted by several countries (Tim Goode/PA)

When he burst on to the first-team scene as a teenager at Manchester United, Januzaj was a wanted man. Born in Brussels to Kosovar-Albanian parents, he was courted by Belgium, England, Albania, Kosovo, Serbia and Turkey before choosing to commit to the land of his birth.

Wilfried Zaha

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Crystal Palace forward Zaha represented England at both under-21 and senior levels but, crucially, did not play a competitive senior fixture. As a result, when his native Ivory Coast came calling, he was able to accept their overtures and made his debut in January 2017 in a warm-up fixture ahead of the African Nations Cup.

David Brooks

Wales midfielder David Brooks in Nations League action against Denmark

Wales midfielder David Brooks made his name at Sheffield United (Mike Egerton/PA)

Bournemouth midfielder Brooks, then a Sheffield United player, was part of the England Young Lions team which won the Toulon Tournament in 2017. However, he qualifies for Wales through his mother and made three friendly appearances before cementing his allegiance in their 4-1 Nations Cup victory over the Republic of Ireland in September last year.

Michael Keane

Southampton v Everton – Premier League – Goodison Park

Everton defender Michael Keane had committed to Republic of Ireland (Adam Davy/PA)

Like Rice, Everton defender Keane had a choice between England and Ireland with his father having left the Republic as a nine-year-old to start a new life across the Irish Sea. Despite representing the Ireland at under-17 and under-19 levels, he chose England when it came to senior international football.

Jack Grealish

Birmingham City v Aston Villa – Sky Bet Championship – St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium

Jack Grealish picked England (Nick Potts/PA)

Aston Villa playmaker Grealish was courted just as assiduously as Rice by then Ireland manager Martin O’Neill, but ultimately made the same decision as the West Ham midfielder. However, the English-born midfielder, who had represented the Republic at under-age levels, has so far had to make do with a series of under-21 caps.

Scott McTominay

Scotland’s Scott McTominay could have chosen to play for England

Scotland’s Scott McTominay could have chosen to play for England (Adam Davy/PA)

Manchester United midfielder McTominay held talks with both England boss Gareth Southgate and Scotland counterpart Alex McLeish before pledging himself to the latter’s cause. McTominay made his debut in a friendly with Costa Rica in March last year and played his first competitive international against Albania six months later.

Alex Iwobi

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Lagos-born Arsenal winger Iwobi grew up in the England set-up and represented the nation at under-16, under-17 and under-18 levels. However after the call-ups dried up, he turned instead to the country of his birth and made his first competitive appearance for Nigeria as a substitute against Egypt in March 2016.

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