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Republic of Ireland International Jack Gealish, winner of the Republic of Ireland U21 player of the year award, is presented with his award by 3 Chief Commercial officer Elaine Carey, at the 3 FAI International Football Awards (David Maher / SPORTSFILE)

Republic of Ireland International Jack Gealish, winner of the Republic of Ireland U21 player of the year award, is presented with his award by 3 Chief Commercial officer Elaine Carey, at the 3 FAI International Football Awards (David Maher / SPORTSFILE)

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22 March 2015; Republic of Ireland International Jack Gealish, winner of the Republic of Ireland U21 player of the year award, at the 3 FAI International Football Awards. RTE Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

22 March 2015; Republic of Ireland International Jack Gealish, winner of the Republic of Ireland U21 player of the year award, at the 3 FAI International Football Awards. RTE Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

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Republic of Ireland International Jack Gealish, winner of the Republic of Ireland U21 player of the year award, is presented with his award by 3 Chief Commercial officer Elaine Carey, at the 3 FAI International Football Awards (David Maher / SPORTSFILE)

Jack Grealish last night indicated that he is ready to continue his international career with Ireland in September.

The teenager, in Dublin to collect the U-21 Player of the Year award for 2014, suggested on stage that the final call will be in the summer but gave a stronger indication that he will not defect to England in a later interview with FAI TV.

"It's always a joy to come over and put the green jersey on," he said. "I spoke to Noel King at the start of the season and said this year I'm going to take a year out. I've signed a new contract at Villa and had a successful year."

When asked about his dilemma, he said: "It's a big decision to pick what country I'm going to play for and it's a bit of an honour to have that decision. At the moment I'm concentrating on my club football but hopefully in September time I'll be back playing for Ireland."

Honour

Grealish travelled with his parents Kevin and Karen to collect the honour at RTE studios.

John O'Shea, the hero in Germany on the night he won his 100th cap, was named Senior Player of the Year for the first time. Aiden McGeady's goal in Georgia was the top choice from 2014, while former Irish international Colin Healy scooped the SSE Airtricity League award and Julie-Ann Russell collected the senior women's gong.

Jeff Hendrick was named Young Player of the Year, a small consolation for the setback that has ruled him out of next weekend's Polish showdown.

O'Neill has trimmed his squad to 29 with Hendrick, David McGoldrick and Anthony Pilkington injured and Rob Elliot, Paul Green and Simon Cox left out.

It was a good weekend for a number of O'Neill's squad with Seamus Coleman, Shane Long, Robbie Keane, Wes Hoolahan and newcomer Harry Arter all hitting the target.

James McCarthy and Darron Gibson lasted the duration of Everton's win at QPR, although the latter picked up a late knock. Robbie Brady made his comeback for Hull as a late sub.

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