Tuesday 27 September 2016

Comment: You either want to play for Ireland or you don't, Jack

John Brennan

Published 12/05/2015 | 13:55

Jack Grealish
Jack Grealish

We still don't know if he's alright Jack. Martin O'Neill tried, but ultimately failed to get 19-year-old Jack Grealish in his 33-man provisional panel for next month's friendly against England and crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium.

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Alan Judge of Brentford and Aberdeen's Adam Rooney are the newcomers, but Grealish is not included despite the manager speaking to both the player and his father and indicating that he wanted him aboard.

Irish football supporters will be annoyed by the latest delay in Grealish making up his mind. O'Neill just admitted to him being 'disappointed'.

The Derryman made the point that in the last five weeks the midfielder has played as many games for Aston Villa as he did in the previous 30 and that changed his mind about bringing him in.

Grealish was even offered the olive branch, according to O'Neill, of just playing in the friendly against England, but not the competitive game against the Scots. That would not have tied Jack to playing for Ireland forever. But he refused that too.

And so the Jack Grealish saga goes on, most likely not to be settled until September. But fans of the Boys in Green will be tiring of this. The lad either wants to play for Ireland or he doesn't.

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