Thursday 25 May 2017

King: Let Crowley choose

After being centrally involved in the tug-of-war surrounding Jack Grealish, Ireland U-21 boss Noel King says he has no interest in a repeat saga for Daniel Crowley. SPORTSFILE
After being centrally involved in the tug-of-war surrounding Jack Grealish, Ireland U-21 boss Noel King says he has no interest in a repeat saga for Daniel Crowley. SPORTSFILE

John Fallon

After being centrally involved in the tug-of-war surrounding Jack Grealish, Ireland U-21 boss Noel King says he has no interest in a repeat saga for Daniel Crowley.

The Arsenal teenager is still undecided on his long-term international future having represented both Ireland and his homeland England at underage level.

Crowley, a former youth team-mate of Grealish's at Aston Villa, has had both England manager Roy Hodgson and Ireland's Martin O'Neill making enquiries about his intentions.

Although he has lined out for England's U-19s this term on the back of an impressive loan spell at Barnsley, the 18-year-old has not closed the door on Ireland.

King, however, won't be hounding the player, who was bought by Arsenal for €1m two years ago.

"We know all about Daniel but I won't be pursuing him," said King. "He knows our position. Martin O'Neill had a chat with Danny's father and it is up to them to decide. I certainly won't be trying to convince him. You have to let players and their families choose for themselves because it is a big decision."

Crowley, whose father was born in Waterford, played GAA in his native Coventry and first represented Ireland at 15.

He didn't make the U-17 squad for the UEFA elite qualifiers in 2013, but his profile has since snowballed, with Barnsley boss Lee Johnson rating him the best 18-year-old he'd ever seen following a goalscoring display against Everton in a League Cup tie in August.

Irish Independent

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