X

Sunday 16
June

West Ham United

McCarthy hoping for Rice call

24th December 2018, 11:32 by Jack Ogalbe

Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy says West Ham's Declan Rice could earn 100 caps if he chooses to play for Emerald Isle.

Rice has three caps for the country of his grandparents but with all of those coming in non-competitive games, he can still switch allegiances.

England boss Gareth Southgate is thought to have contacted the 19-year-old but reports in the Irish press on Friday suggested he had made up his mind.

McCarthy was recently appointed as the Republic's boss for a second time, and, after meeting with the youngster, says that after trying to sign him while at Ipswich, the Hammers midfielder would become a key cog in his machine.

"I had a really good meeting with Declan," McCarthy told Sky Sports. "Robbie (Keane) was there and so was Declan's father Sean and it's up to Declan as to when he wants to decide. That's how I left it.

"We start our qualifiers in March against Gibraltar and Georgia. I need to know by then - that's my deadline.

"Declan is a really talented player and he's a lovely lad. It's everything about him that you want him to play for us. I'd build my team around Declan and he could be our future captain. Becoming a player with 100 caps would give him a nice profile."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

More West Ham United

West Ham United

La Liga duo tipped to make Hammers switch

16th June 2019, 03:27

West Ham are hoping to wrap up a double deal for Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez and Eibar defensive midfielder Joan Jordan.

West Ham United

Hammers ready to enter Cillessen race

14th June 2019, 12:29

West Ham could join the race to sign Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen this summer but face competition from Everton and Man Utd.

West Ham United

Hammers confirm Keen comeback

14th June 2019, 07:08

West Ham United have confirmed they have brought former player Kevin Keen back to the Hammers as the new Under-18s coach.

West Ham United

Hammers have tough start

13th June 2019, 13:22

West Ham will entertain reigning champions Manchester City in their opening game of the new Premier League season.

West Ham United

West Ham linked with midfield starlet

13th June 2019, 09:18

West Ham are tracking highly-rated Motherwell youngster Reece McAlear with a view to making a swoop.

West Ham United

Wilshere determined to fight on

12th June 2019, 15:19

West Ham's Jack Wilshere admits he will do all he can to return after revealing he considered retirement earlier in his career.

Recent Sport Headlines

Arsenal

Arsenal fail with Lorient bid

16th June 2019, 05:08

French outfit Lorient have rejected a second bid from Arsenal for Alexis Claude-Maurice, reports have claimed.

Arsenal

Gunners told £30m for target

16th June 2019, 05:08

Arsenal will have to pay in the region of £30million if they are to have a chance of signing Hakim Ziyech from Ajax.

Bournemouth

Cherries reveal Fraser deal

16th June 2019, 03:37

Ryan Fraser still has a contract offer on the table with Bournemouth as they look to fend off interest from Arsenal.

West Ham United

La Liga duo tipped to make Hammers switch

16th June 2019, 03:27

West Ham are hoping to wrap up a double deal for Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez and Eibar defensive midfielder Joan Jordan.

Chelsea

Derby fight to keep Lamps

16th June 2019, 03:19

Derby are understood to have opened talks with Chelsea target Frank Lampard over a new deal to keep him with the Rams.

Manchester United

United in for West Ham ace

16th June 2019, 02:59

West Ham defender Issa Diop is on the wanted list of Manchester United, who are ready to offer £45million plus a player.

Cricket

Proteas seal overdue World Cup win

15th June 2019, 20:11

South Africa have claimed their first win of the 2019 World Cup after defeating Afghanistan by nine wickets in Cardiff on Saturday.

Tennis

Berrettini and Auger-Aliassime to contest Stuttgart final

15th June 2019, 19:27

Matteo Berrettini will take on Felix Auger-Aliassime in Sunday's Stuttgart Open final.