Wednesday 7 December 2016

Jack Grealish to be named in Ireland squad

Ger Keville and Ian Mallon

Published 12/05/2015 | 10:28

Jack Grealish will be named in Martin O'Neill's Ireland squad
Jack Grealish will be named in Martin O'Neill's Ireland squad

Martin O’Neill will today name Jack Grealish in the Ireland squad to face England and Scotland next month.

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Independent.ie can confirm that the 19-year-old rising star will be selected for the forthcoming matches but it has yet to be determined if he will accept O’Neill’s invite.

It was reported in this morning’s Irish Independent and Telegraph that O’Neill will pencil Grealish in his provisional squad and sources have confirmed that this will happen to Independent.ie.

This move will put the ball well and truly in the court of Grealish who has previously stated that he will take the year out to decide on his international future.

The Aston Villa youngster did say that he was looking forward to playing for Ireland again next year when he picked up the U-21 Player of the Year award in March.

But this move from O’Neill will now force Grealish to either publicly accept a call up or give his reasons for not doing so.

With England keeping close tabs on Grealish following his recent good form for Villa, O’Neill knows he must act quickly on the Birmingham-born attacking midfielder, despite saying last month that he would not pick Grealish for the Scotland game because he was “not yet ready”.

Should Grealish accept O’Neill’s invite and feature against England next month, he will still be eligible to chance allegiances and play for the Three Lions because it is not a competitive fixture.

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