The 20-year-old appeared for the Republic of Ireland's youth teams and won three senior caps, but Federation Internationale de Football Association last week ratified his switch to England as those three appearances came in friendlies.
"Fundamentally, in this actual instance, he's a boy that was born in London and educated at an English academy", Southgate added.
Given that the Three Lions' boss has called up four central defenders, it seems likely that Rice will be used as a holding midfielder, rather than being utilised in the back line.
Southgate praised both Rice's statement and an article England Women's striker Eniola Aluko wrote on the subject.
Southgate pointed to Alex Iwobi, Ethan Ampadu and Brooks as players that have gone on to play for other countries having represented England at youth levels, like Wilfried Zaha and Victor Moses before them.
"It's a big decision for a 20-year-old".
Preston-born former Ireland worldwide Kevin Kilbane has been outspoken about Rice's switch and said it "makes a mockery" of global football.
"So I just think this is going to be increasingly part of the landscape because families are more transient".
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However, he reminded all quarters to exercise extra caution in view of the crisis not being over. "We will study whether the Act should be strengthened", he told reporters after visiting victims of the contamination at the Sultan Ismail Hospital here today.
"When you are asking a player to transfer allegiance, they have to feel they have a future, but also there are no guarantees".
He is clearly upset that Ireland has lost a very talented footballer but unlike some supporters, he appreciates that it's the system that is to blame and not the player.
And he responded to Rice's critics, pointing to the fact that some of them "did not play for the country of their birth", a likely reference to Kilbane.
There is a recall for Tom Heaton, whose impressive form for Burnley sees him joining fellow goalkeepers Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland.
Southgate has chosen to leave out Lewis Dunk (Brighton), whose good form was rewarded with an England cap back in a friendly against the USA back in November, with Smalling missing out despite some excellent recent performances for Manchester United. What I like about our squad is that a lot of players have the mentality that they want to be amongst the best players in the world.
"I'm never keen to say this player is number one or first choice, you always need competition, but we're happy with what Pickford has done".
"We're pleased with what Jordan's done and we've got to help him through what was hopefully a blip at the weekend".
He was remanded without a plea until his next scheduled appearance in the South Island city's High Court on April 5. None of those arrested had a criminal history or were on watchlists in New Zealand or Australia .
In the evening, Gael Monfils stretched his best start to a season to 15-3 after dominating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-0, 6-2. Edmund suffered a 6-1 6-4 defeat to Federer in their last-16 match at the Masters 1000 event in the Californian desert.
It's also the same floor where Virginia lost a second-round game as a No. 2 seed to seventh-seeded Michigan State in 2015. Duke meets North Carolina in the ACC tournament semifinals on Friday night, with a possible No. 1 seed on the line .
Until Kerber stopped her, Williams had won four matches in a row for the first time since past year in the desert. Canada's Bianca Andreescu will meet sixth seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in the other Indian Wells semi-final.
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Via ESPN's Adam Schefter , the Giants signed the one-time Golden Domer to a four-year, $37.5 million contract. Tate finished last season with the Philadelphia Eagles following his trade from the Detroit Lions .
Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Treaty due to Russia's violation on February 1. The U.S. ground-launch cruise missile is slated for testing in August just after the treaty formally ends.
Many Twitter users immediately condemned Anning's remarks, with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison slamming them as "disgusting".
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As with all military witnesses at the Saville Inquiry, the former paratrooper was granted anonymity as he gave evidence. UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed the government would support Soldier F and pay his legal costs.
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That's back-to-back games where we had 22, our previous game against Texas A&M, our last game of the year, then 17 today. You can't win at this level and in this league with the type of teams we're playing against if you're not at your best.
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The right-fielder was supposed to play in Spring Training games on Saturday and Sunday this weekend, but that seems unlikely now. However, Kapler spoke after the game stating per Meghan Montemurro that " We don't have reason for concern " at this time.
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This game continued to go down to the wire as Florida saw their lead turn into a tied ball game after a Reid three-pointer. Naz Reid is a handful, to complement the rest of their guys, Tremont Waters .We did just enough to beat a very good team".
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But Huong says she was duped by North Korean spies into approaching him, believing it was a harmless prank for a TV show. He had been living overseas for years but could have been seen as a threat to Kim Jong Un's rule.