Declan Rice debate a distraction from Ireland’s deeper issues

Lots of people were shouting at a teenager online on Thursday because it’s easier than accepting that the structural issues weakening the Irish football team won’t be solved by one player

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent @emmetjryan
5th October, 2018
Declan Rice's passport conundrum 'a small matter'. Pic: Getty

Football fans were aghast yesterday at a teenager born and raised in England, who happened to play underage for Ireland, possibly but not certainly making the decision to play for England because financially it is worth a life-changing amount of money.

There has always been a big gun to carry a generation, usually a couple of chaps just below the world class standard too, and then plenty of workmanlike footballers. Right now there’s no shortage...

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