By Sam Stone

3rd Jun, 2022 | 2:40pm

Stuart Pearce believes players shouldn't be able to switch international allegiance even West Ham United's Declan Rice

Stuart Pearce believes players shouldn’t be able to switch international allegiance once they have appeared for the country at any level, including West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.

Rice decided to switch to England after representing the Republic of Ireland at under-21 level.

Pearce believes that as soon as you put on an international shirt you cannot change allegiance.

Talking on talkSPORT on Friday [3 June], when asked whether Rice should never have played for England, Pearce said: “Yes, although it’s not a statement about Declan.

“As soon as you wear a national shirt for a country, you cannot change allegiance.

“It’s wrong, You should not be able to chop, change and play for another nation.”

He may have a point

Pearce may have a point when it comes to Rice.

What is the difference between an Under-21 side and the national team?

It is so unfortunate for Ireland that Rice decided to switch to England.

It almost seems as if the England man realised his potential and felt like he could make an impact for a much more competitive national side.

However, there is the argument that Rice’s decision has benefitted his career immensely having been a mainstay in England’s run to the European Championship final.

If Rice was stuck in the Republic of Ireland side he wouldn’t be competing in the biggest competitions against the best players.

Rice will be so glad he made the decision to switch after his value has skyrocketed in recent years with his superb displays for West Ham and England.

The to allow players to switch seems a bit outdated, but England certainly won’t be complaining.

In other West Ham news, Antonio has been working hard away from the pitch to create a brand new academy aimed at helping young footballers gain an education.

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