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West Ham captain Noble: Rice must be selfish about international future

West Ham captain Mark Noble says Declan Rice must think of himself when deciding his international future.

Rice must decide whether to stay with the Republic of Ireland or make himself available to England.

Noble wrote for the London Evening Standard: "Declan is a young lad. Hopefully, he has 15 years playing ahead of him. He has to make his own mind up, knowing that the decision he makes could impact his career massively. He will also understand that, if he has a dip in form for whatever reason, the Irish FA won't have any hesitation in leaving him out.

"You have to look after yourself and be selfish in a way.

"I had a similar dilemma a couple of seasons back, although the circumstances were a bit different. I had represented England from schoolboy level right up to Under-21s and my dream had always been to play for my country. My family are from Ireland, though, and their FA contacted me to see if I was interested.

"My thinking, though, was that I had never dreamt of playing for the Republic of Ireland — and I don't mean that at all disrespectfully. I had played for England through all the age groups. I felt that, if I went to play for Ireland and there was a kid out there whose dream was to play for that country and I had taken his spot, then I didn't think that would have been right. That's just the way I am."

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