Declan Rice has revealed he has been subjected to online threats following his decision to switch international allegiance earlier this year.
The West Ham United player made three senior appearances for the Republic of Ireland after representing the Boys in Green at youth level, but less than 24 hours after being named Ireland's best young player back in March, Rice was included in Gareth Southgate's England squad after opting to change to the country of his birth.
The midfielder has won four caps for the Three Lions, but speaking to ITV ahead of Tuesday’s qualifier against Kosovo, the 20-year-old was asked about social media abuse.
"Yeah I've had a few bad bits, I’ve had people saying they’re going to come to my house... yeah online," he responded.
"There’s a few bits I could go into but I don’t need to go into it, threats to my family, threats to me.
"They’re just like, you click on their profile and they’d just be like a fake profile so [you] don’t know whether it’s true or not."
Rice added he never feared any threats would be followed up, while also brushing off Gary Neville’s recent comments that he shouldn’t be allowed play for England given his previous appearances for Ireland.
"He can have that opinion if he wants and I can’t change that but now I am playing for England, you know I’m going to do everything I can to play the best I can for this country."