What The Papers Say - March 21

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Everton defender Michael Keane features in Thursday’s national and local media saying players must follow their “gut feeling” when it comes to choosing an international allegiance. 

Keane will be looking to earn his sixth senior England cap during the current international break, having represented the Republic of Ireland at Under-17 and Under-19 level. 

And in the wake of West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice making the same switch from the Republic to the Three Lions, Keane is quoted in the Liverpool Echo and Daily Mail saying: “I’ve got some sympathy for [Rice]. It was not an easy decision for me at the time and I can imagine it's harder for him.

“You've got to go with your gut feeling and where you feel like you belong.

“I was only young and small and still developing [when I represent Republic of Ireland]. I had in the back of my head that hopefully one day I could play for England.

“I know when I switched I felt really, really English. My Dad is Irish, but I don't know any of his Irish family, so I've never really felt fully Irish. That was the reason behind my choice.”

The Liverpool Echo also look at what happened to all 75 of former manager David Moyes' Everton signings and assess the creative impact of winger Bernard at Goodison Park. 

The local paper add that Liverpool City Council bosses have said Festival Gardens and Everton's proposed new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock “will be the two bookends of the city centre” after a £2bn regeneration of Liverpool’s waterfront.

Finally, defender Ashley Williams, currently on loan at Stoke City, says he will not think about his future until the end of the season. The Wales captain, who is expected to lead his nation in their Euro 2020 qualifier against Slovakia on Sunday, is out of contract at Everton this summer.

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