Paddy Power suspend betting on Declan Rice declaring for England

The money says Declan Rice is on his way to England and we’ve cut the odds on him being named in Gareth Southgate’s squad this week…


We have stopped taking bets on Declan Rice pledging his international future to England, despite winning three caps for the Republic of Ireland, and coming through the Irish youth ranks.

The chances of him being named in Martin O’Neill’s Ireland squad in the near future now seem far more remote.

Asked about the Rice issue spokesman Paddy Power said: “From the moment this story came out, it surely pointed to only one thing. And, though all the bets initially were for Ireland, as the story’s developed, so too has the expectation that Rice will opt for England.

“As a result, we’ve suspended betting on Rice’s international future, sadly, and cut the odds on him being name in the next England squad.”

* This piece was edited at 9.50am on October 2. We have taken no bets on Rice to be in the England squad this week.

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