Tuesday 27 September 2016

Jack Grealish may be named in England squad later this week - reports

Published 28/09/2015 | 08:31

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish in action with Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne
Aston Villa's Jack Grealish in action with Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne

The protracted saga surrounding the international future of Jack Grealish appears to be coming to an end and it's bad news for Martin O'Neill.

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According to reports this morning, the 20-year-old has opted to declare for the country of his birth.

Grealish, who has represented Ireland at a number of underage levels, may be named in Roy Hodgson's squad for next months Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania on Thursday.

The Birmingham-born playmaker, who qualifies for Ireland through his grandparents, has been in impressive form for the Villains in 2015 and has become a vital asset for manager Tim Sherwood.

With England already assured of a place in France next summer, Hodgson is expected to examine his options in the coming games and is keen to tie down Grealish.

The news will come as a big blow to Martin O'Neill who has been in contact with the player and his father in the hopes of persuading him to play with the boys in green.

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