Date: 12th March 2019 at 5:54pm
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Declan Rice could be in line for his first England call-up in the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

The 20-year-old recently made the decision to switch international allegiance to the Three Lions, despite having already played three times for the Republic of Ireland.

It is understood that Gareth Southgate is keen to reward that choice by handing the West Ham midfielder his first cap for his new nation as he continues to look towards the future in his tenure as manager, with a squad announcement scheduled for Wednesday (13/03).

OPINION

If Southgate does elect to give Rice a call-up in the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers, you would have to say that it would be fully deserved. A lot will be made of the fact that Rice made his switch, and some may even feel that that is the reason why he gets the nod from Southgate, but honestly, even if he played for England all the way through his youth career, you would still say that he deserves a chance based on his form this season. The 20-year-old has been exceptional, not just for somebody so young, but genuinely exceptional. He will only get better with age, and it makes sense to let him learn the ropes of the national side now while the pressure is off and while there is a whole generation of bright new talent making their bows. Nobody is necessarily advocating him walking straight into the starting 11, but where is the harm in giving him some time around the squad, and perhaps a few minutes under his belt to boot?