On Thursday night, Rice and Grealish will line up for England against Ireland, the country both men played for before changing allegiances!
In club football, players change teams all the time and its never really a big issue, unless it’s to a direct rival. However, in international football, it is far less common. When you represent your country at any level it is expected that you don’t change. Once you reach senior level and play a competitive match, you then aren’t allowed to change.
For Jack Grealish and Declan Rice, this didn’t happen and they both changed from the Republic Of Ireland to England. Grealish played for the Republic Of Ireland from U17’s to U21’s before going to England U21’s and then the men’s team. Grealish had a received call up for the first team and was named U21 plater of the year for the Irish national side. He declined and later said he’d chosen England.
Declan Rice’s move was slightly more controversial. He first played for England at U16 level right up to making three appearances for the men’s side. Rice was left out of several squads after these games as his profile as a player was rising and he was undecided on his international future. He met with Mick McCarthy who expressed a desire to build a team around Rice and one day be captain. Rice though decided to switch and play for England and has done 11 times. This didn’t look good for Rice as he had played for the men’s team and received a lot of criticism that he felt he could still change after representing them.
Rice And Grealish Specials Vs Republic Of Ireland
Jack Grealish carded for diving – 9/1
Grealish has got himself a bit of a reputation now for diving. He is a very tricky and skilful player often cause defenders to dive in and make stupid challenges. Referees now are made aware of the players who have a history of trying to gain an unfair advantage. Grealish had been booked before so this could be one to look out for.
Jack Grealish to kiss the badge after scoring – 10/1
Grealish could well be in a chance of scoring his first goal for England against The Republic Of Ireland. He comes into this one in great form currently and is one of the best young players in the league with four goals so far this season. Grealish does like to get a reaction and wind opposition players up. Kissing the badge would certainly do that, but he may have been advised otherwise by the FA.
James McClean carded for a tackle on Declan Rice – 10/1
This is one we think has a good chance of coming in. McClean is a bit of a hothead and was sent off for two yellows two games ago for Ireland. He will have played with Rice when he played three times for Ireland so will have some anger towards him for leaving. With both men likely to start it gives the most amount of time for this to come in. One final point worth making is that even though this is branded as a friendly, it won’t be!
Jack Grealish & Declan Rice both score – 20/1
We have already mentioned Grealish’s good scoring form but Rice is yet to score this season. However, he does have a good shot on his from distance and isn’t afraid to take it on. Rice is also a threat from set-pieces due to his size.
These are just a few of the Power Price Paddy Power has on Rice and Grealish tomorrow night. They are worth taking a further look at before the game.