Declan Rice on course for England debut

After announcing his was switching allegiance to England, Declan Rice is course to make his debut next month.

England’s next match is a friendly against Czech Republic and now West Ham star Rice has opted to make himself available after turning his back on Republic of Ireland – who he had played three friendlies for.

BoyleSports make it a 66/1 shot that Rice earns 100 caps as an England player while the 50-cap mark is also an odds-against shot at 9/4.

He is likely to be in the frame to make England’s squad for the Euro 2020 finals next summer at 1/2, while he is Even money to start England’s next game when they host the Czech Republic in their opening Euro qualifier at Wembley next month.

Jack Grealish, who also switched allegiances having represented the Irish at youth level, is yet to earn a senior cap in the white of England, however it looks more likely that Rice will be selected by Southgate after the England manager courted the highly-rated youngster.

Rice said in his statement on Wednesday that he wouldn’t take selection for granted however anyone who thinks he will never play for England can get 100/1 about him ending up without a single cap.

Lawrence Lyons, spokesperson for BoyleSports said: “While punters are expecting Declan Rice to go straight to the Euros next year at 1/2, a lengthy England career is less likely with 50 caps an odds-against 9/4 shot and 100 caps away out 66/1. He certainly has joined a more competitive pool and it seems our customers think he had a better chance of more appearances had he stayed in green.”

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