THE Football Association have handed Declan Rice a slap on the wrists after it emerged he posted offensive messages on social media relating to the IRA.
By Jeremy Cross, Chief Sports Writer / Published 21st March 2019
Rice, who turned his back on Ireland to pledge his international future to England instead, posted ‘up the RA’ on Twitter along with his hopes of facing the Three Lions.
In one Tweet to an Ireland U17 team mate, Rice wrote: ‘UP THE RA – Wait til we draw England’.
The messages were posted back in 2015 and saw Rice post ‘Up the RA’ at least three times, despite being unprompted.
Now Rice has found himself in hot water with bosses from the FA, who have written to him reminding him of how to behave.
An FA spokesman said: “We are aware of the matter and will be writing to him to remind him of his responsibilities.”
Rice was expected to make his England debut in tomorrow night’s Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic at Wembley.
But it remains to be seen if boss Gareth Southgate now decides to change his mind in a bid to shield Rice from what could be a difficult night in front of home fans.
Rice has been training with England this week and could make his debut tomorrow night (Pic: GETTY)
The West Ham midfielder, who won three full caps for the Republic of Ireland, trained with England for the first time this week.
When asked about his controversial decision to turn his back on Ireland, where his grandparents are from, Rice said:
“As you can hear, I am English. I am from England. It was really good playing for Ireland, but not I’m just really looking forward to the future and pulling on the England shirt.”
Rice will be embarrassed by the social media revelations, not least because they come less than a week after he was named ‘Young Irish Footballer of the Year’.
The presentation night took place in Ireland last weekend, but Rice did not attend to collect his award.