Declan Rice will reportedly turn his back on the Republic of Ireland and pledge his international future to England.

The West Ham United midfielder has been pondering his international future after being approached by England back in August.

Rice has been capped twice by the Republic of Ireland after making his debut back in March against Turkey, but as none of the games he featured in were competitive internationals, under FIFA rules it left the door open for the 19-year-old to pledge his future to another nation.

The talented youngster was born in London, but qualifies for Ireland through his parents and has been capped at every age group by the country.

But Rice was left out of Ireland’s squad for their Nations League fixture against Wales in August as he considered his international future and rejected a further call-up from Martin O’Neill earlier this month.

Following meetings with Gareth Southgate, the talented midfielder is now reportedly set to pledge his future to England after being promised a key role in the side by the Three Lions boss.

It is not the only time this season that Rice has taken time to consider his options, with the 19-year-old yet to pen a new contract with West Ham.

Rice’s existing deal is due to expire at the London Stadium at the end of next season and he has apparently rejected two existing offers from the Hammers as his wage demands were not met.

The 19-year-old has proven himself to be one of brightest young talents in the Premier League since he made his Hammers debut against Burnley in May 2017.

Last season was Rice’s breakthrough year at the London Stadium, with the versatile youngster, who can also play in defence, winning the club’s Young Player of the Year after making 31 appearances in all competitions.

He has been a regular in the side under Manuel Pellegrini this season and England boss Southgate is now thought to be keen to draft the West Ham man into the Three Lions’ squad.