Tuesday 23 January 2018

Irish blood loses out to English heart as Jack finally ends farcical love triangle

Jack Grealish playing for Ireland Under-21s in 2014
Jack Grealish playing for Ireland Under-21s in 2014
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

Well, we can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Not at the news that one of the finer prospects to emerge in the Premier League this season has decided to declare for England, of course. Rather, there's a sense of closure now that we can put the whole will he/won't he saga to bed.

Jack Grealish issued a statement this week, saying: "I have decided to give my allegiance to England. It was not an easy decision as Ireland has a special place with me through my family. However, I have decided to declare for the country of my birth."

Hindsight is always 20/20, but in this instance his statement merely confirmed what most sober observers had long suspected: if he was going to declare for us, he would have done it already.

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