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THE RICE IS RIGHT SAYS REID.

Byline: JOHN FALLON

EMOTION got the better of Andy Reid when he advised Martin O'Neill to "cut the cord" to Declan Rice.

The midfielder, above, who represented Ireland at all levels from Under-15 to seniors was disgusted when the West Ham United midfielder decided last month to make himself unavailable after winning three Ireland senior caps.

On reflection, however, Reid believes Ireland's parlous state means beggars can't be choosers.

Like O'Neill, Reid is prepared to afford the 19-year-old time and space to resolve his dilemma on whether to return to the Ireland set-up or defect to his homeland of England.

Reid said: "I was asked about the situation in a radio interview just a few hours a`fter hearing the news and felt pretty emotional speaking about it.

"It meant a lot to me every time I played for my country, and when I first heard it my initial thought was, if he doesn't want to play for us, cut the cord.

"Now, the more I think about it, I wonder can we afford to just cut the cord with a player of that quality? Probably not.

"I would suggest we should we can to get him involved again."

Meanwhile, Reid insists he doesn't dwell on his five-year exclusion from the Irelandby Giovanni Trapattoni, above.

Mea doesn' exclus squad above "go bu ab "I'm not exactly going to for a few pints with Trap but I don't think even think about him that often," he said.

"It was a pity because I was probably playing the best football of my club career at that time."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Oct 26, 2018
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