Rice is not the only player to make tough decision over international future

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Declan Rice has received his first England call-up just weeks after making the agonising decision to represent the country of his birth rather than the Republic of Ireland.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at other players who in recent years have faced a choice between wearing the Three Lions badge or that of another country.

Harry Kane

England captain Kane won the Golden Boot as the highest goalscorer at last summer’s World Cup in Russia as he led the nation to the semi-finals. However, things might have been very different for Kane, who qualifies for the Republic of Ireland through his father’s side of the family with contact having been made before his breakthrough season at Tottenham.

Eric Dier

England’s Eric Dier (left) exchange words with Spain's Sergio Ramos
England midfielder Eric Dier, left, could have played for Portugal (Nick Potts/PA)

Adnan Januzaj

England v Belgium – FIFA World Cup 2018 – Group G – Kaliningrad Stadium
Adnan Januzaj was courted by several countries (Tim Goode/PA)

Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace forward Zaha represented England at both under-21 and senior levels but, crucially, did not play a competitive senior fixture. As a result, when his native Ivory Coast came calling, he was able to accept their overtures and made his debut in January 2017 in a warm-up fixture ahead of the African Nations Cup.

David Brooks

Wales midfielder David Brooks in Nations League action against Denmark
Wales midfielder David Brooks made his name at Sheffield United (Mike Egerton/PA)

Michael Keane

Southampton v Everton – Premier League – Goodison Park
Everton defender Michael Keane had committed to Republic of Ireland (Adam Davy/PA)

Jack Grealish

Birmingham City v Aston Villa – Sky Bet Championship – St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium
Jack Grealish picked England (Nick Potts/PA)

Scott McTominay

Scotland’s Scott McTominay could have chosen to play for England
Scotland’s Scott McTominay could have chosen to play for England (Adam Davy/PA)

Alex Iwobi

Lagos-born Arsenal winger Iwobi grew up in the England set-up and represented the nation at under-16, under-17 and under-18 levels. However after the call-ups dried up, he turned instead to the country of his birth and made his first competitive appearance for Nigeria as a substitute against Egypt in March 2016.

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