sport news John O'Shea backs Declan Rice to follow him as Ireland captain

John O'Shea plays his final match for Republic of Ireland on Saturday evening - but believes West Ham's Declan Rice is the next captain-in-waiting.

The 37-year-old will win his 117th cap against USA in Dublin before retiring from an international career which began in 2001.

O'Shea could be partnered in the heart of defence by Rice, the 19-year-old who has made just two senior appearances for Martin O'Neill's side, but the former Ireland skipper sees a future leader in the shape of his young team-mate.

John O'Shea has tipped Declan Rice as a future Ireland captain to follow in his footsteps

John O'Shea has tipped Declan Rice as a future Ireland captain to follow in his footsteps

Rice could start alongside O'Shea in Ireland's friendly clash with the USA on Saturday

Rice could start alongside O'Shea in Ireland's friendly clash with the USA on Saturday

It will be the 37-year-old's 117th and final game for his country before international retirement

It will be the 37-year-old's 117th and final game for his country before international retirement

'He has that confidence, that comfort on the ball, you can see it - the ability and the type of personality

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