Rice wins Irish YPOTY
It was on Tuesday announced that West Ham’s Declan Rice has won the Irish Young Player of the Year award.
The award ceremony will take place this coming Sunday.
Declan Rice will be named Ireland’s Young Player of the Year at Sunday’s FAI Awards.
The #WHUFC midfielder has pledged his international future to England.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) 12 March 2019
However, Rice has recently pledged his future to England and is expected to receive his first call-up on Wednesday for England’s upcoming fixtures.
Declan Rice is in line for a first England call-up when Gareth Southgate names his squad on Wednesday. Tom Heaton set to return & James Ward-Prowse is being strongly considered https://t.co/HQ9jXjgii1
— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) 12 March 2019
The FAI have since explained why Rice won the Irish YPOTY award even though he chose England over them:
“At the time of the vote, Declan Rice was an Ireland international and qualified for the Young Player category.”
OFFICIAL: Declan Rice will be named Young Player Of the Year at the FAI International Awards on March 17th.
“At the time of the vote, Declan Rice was an Ireland international and qualified for the Young Player category.” pic.twitter.com/AKz2LV0FzQ
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) 12 March 2019
Declan Rice impresses for West Ham
Rice has had an incredibly impressive season for West Ham.
At just 20 years of age, Rice displays an understanding of the game well beyond his years.
The young midfielder is strong, agile a solid passer of the ball and is slowly adding goals to his game.
Given all of this, it’s no surprise that Gareth Southgate was eager for Rice to make the switch to England.
With Rice now an England player, him winning the Irish YPOTY award has been getting a fair bit of attention online.
BREAKING: Declan Rice has been named FAI Young player of the year.
He’s that good, that he’s now winning other awards from other nations!
ALL HAIL THE KING pic.twitter.com/1ZeVfccd7j
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) 12 March 2019
The FAI has named Declan Rice as the 2018 Young Player of the Year award.
Let it go lads, ffs. It’s like commenting ‘you look great hun’ on one of your ex-girlfriend’s Instagram posts after she’s dumped you and said she never wants to hear from you again.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) 12 March 2019
Embarrassing the fact Declan Rice has won FAI young player of the year! Vote should’ve been retaken after he’d chosen to play for England
— Calum Murphy (@calum23murphy) 12 March 2019
Who ever picked Declan Rice as FAI Young Player of the year should be immediatley sent packin. Be it a panel or one individual, they should be given the gate. Madness.
— Shelly (@David4Walsh) 12 March 2019
FAI Young Player of the Year Award won by Declan Rice.
How, why and when? pic.twitter.com/XqEvBujFPx
— Seán O’Regan (@SeanOR95) 12 March 2019