Declan Rice’s decision to play for England must be respected, says Manuel Pellegrini

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has urged individuals to respect the decision to switch global allegiance in the Republic of Ireland to England of Declan Rice.
The Hammers midfielder has revealed his choice contributed to his family at some online abuse and threats against him.
Even the 20-year-old went on to make three appearances, but reluctantly not in matches, before declaring his intention to change to the country of his birth at the start of the year and represented the team.
Rice won a fifth cap for England in the win over Kosovo in St Mary’s Stadium on Tuesday within their European Qualifier and has established himself in the strategies of Gareth Southgate, with Pellegrini insisting it is time to move on.
“I think Declan delayed his choice and had a think and a talk with all the people important for him I don’t have any doubt that it was the right choice Declan took because of his lifetime ” Pellegrini said before West Ham’s match with Aston Villa – reside on Monday Night Football on Sky Sports.
“Obviously, not everybody is pleased, but everyone must respect him for this and he should not give them too much importance as it doesn’t matter what other folks think.”
Meanwhile, Pellegrini supported winger Michail Antonio has undergone operation on a hamstring problem he endured at Newport throughout the Carabao Cup win and reported no new injury concerns following the break.
“I hope that the operation went well. The doctors are happy and he wants time to recuperate,” Pellegrini additional.
“I just talked with him and he is with no pain, so that everything is going in the appropriate manner”

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