England footballer Declan Rice apologises for pro-IRA Instagram post

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The Twitter posts referencing "Up the RA" - short form for the Irish Republican Army - resurfaced in Irish media before being deleted by the 20-year-old Rice.

The problem now for Southgate is success will be judged on winning a trophy and we know that's the hardest part at global level. 'But I think from the first game that I took, there has been something every time. There is no point in being uptight about these situations.

While the FA will remind Rice of his responsibilities, Southgate will perform the role of the responsible adult.

Rice played for Republic of Ireland at youth level and made three senior appearances before switching his allegiance to England - the country of his birth - earlier this year. The "no surrender" brigade might respond differently but fortunately they remain a minority.

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

Elsewhere on the field, however, there could be serious cause for excitement, with Jadon Sancho seemingly about to benefit from the injury that has forced Marcus Rashford to withdraw from the squad.

Harry Kane will lead the line with Raheem Sterling the obvious choice on the left flank and Dortmund youngster Jadon Sancho is expected to play on the right flank. Never mind that the latter is yet to start a Premier League game. In the end, players have got to have the quality to play in the shirt.

When it comes to Hudson-Odoi, Southgate is not alone in being impressed.

Reuters  Carl Recine
Reuters Carl Recine

Jordan Henderson is enjoying being with his national team mate. 'Although remember that's Pickers you were talking to, ' joked Southgate afterwards.

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

"We'll have some players come through that will surprise us and, frankly, are going to excite the public because when they see them play, they're going to be excited by what they've seen because we are". 'We've had a semi-final and there's another semi-final this summer.

"It was really good playing for Ireland". That, as much as anything, provides the motivation'.

But he switched worldwide allegiance to England in February.

"I'll go and just make sure he knows that firstly, that he's OK and that he's supported". We've got some 19- and 20-year-olds. I was watching Morgan Gibbs-White with the Under 19s yesterday at St. George's Park.

"I can't wait for clubs to pick players 50, 100 times - that's not the landscape we're operating in". But I'm only 25 and I think as a learning curve for me, I think that's how I can improve.

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