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Ireland coach O'Neill: We can't give up on West Ham defender Rice

Republic of Ireland coach Martin O'Neill says he hasn't given up on West Ham defender Declan Rice.

Rice has turned down a call-up for next Thursday's UEFA Nations League tie with Wales that would have committed his long-term future to Ireland.

He is deliberating on his options after an approach from England boss Gareth Southgate.

O'Neill said, "It will be mostly in his court but I don't think there is any harm whatsoever in living on his doorstep.

"We have been incredibly keen, we want him, and those things are very important eventually when someone is making a final decision.

"If England have gone and promised him something, maybe that's something he will have to take into consideration but I am still hopeful.

"If you're looking at it in terms of percentage, let's be fair about it, he will play more often for Ireland."

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