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Declan Rice apologises for 2015 "Up the RA" comment

Raf Diallo
Raf Diallo

04:02 21 Mar 2019


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Declan Rice has an issued an apologetic statement regarding a 2015 "Up the RA" comment on Instagram.

The West Ham and now England midfielder posted the comment while he was still an Ireland Under-15 international.

He had typed the following line: "my brudda, UP THE RA. Wait Till We Draw England".

But he switched international allegiance to England in February. He is in Gareth Southgate's current Three Lions squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Statement

Rice issued a statement on Instagram today, apologising for the 2015 social media comment.

Rice described his 2015 comment as "poorly expressed".

The 20-year-old also said his "naive words were not meant to be a political opinion and do not represent who I am".

He concluded: "I sincerely apologise for any offence caused".

Rice could feature for England against Czech Republic on Friday night at Wembley.

It would be his fourth senior international match, having won three caps for Ireland in friendlies.

Southgate's side then play Montenegro on Monday.

This week, he had spoken of his excitement at the England call-up in an FA "first impressions" video interview:

“I was just bursting with pride. It’s everything that you’ve wanted to work for as a kid and it has come true. The call-up is one of the best feelings you’re ever going to feel," he said.

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