Saturday 24 March 2018

Jack Grealish odds-on to represent England; 10/1 to be included in Roy Hodgson's squad to play Ireland

Ireland underage international and Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish
Ireland underage international and Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Aston Villa teenager Jack Grealish is odds on to represent England at senior level, with the rising star 10/1 to be named in Roy Hodgson's squad to face Ireland in June.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill admitted he was left "disappointed" by Grealish's decision to turn down a place in the senior squad for the upcoming international friendly with England as he has yet to decide on his international future.

It is believed that Grealish's father Kevin had made the agreement with O'Neill on Monday evening, only to have a change of heart yesterday. Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is also believed to have played a part in the snub, reportedly encouraging the teenager to consider his future carefully.

Grealish Snr insists their vow of parking international football until September wasn’t in jeopardy by the Ireland boss dangling the tempting offer of senior action on June 7, but the odds have been slashed on representing the Three Lions as opposed to the Boys in Green.

The 19-year-old is now 4/6 to declare for England and has drifted to 11/10 to choose Ireland. You can get a price of 10/1 that the Solihull-born Grealish will be called up by Hodgson for the game in June.

"Grealish claims he is undecided about who to represent at international level but punters appear convinced that, if the call came from Roy, Jack would come running," John Beresford of Ladbrokes said.

Meanwhile outspoken pundit Eamon Dunphy believes Grealish has been poorly treated by Ireland and is unlikely to pull on the green jersey at senior level.

"I think of all of that makes it less likely that he would feel comfortable playing here," he told RTE Radio One's Morning Ireland programme.

"The idea has been put around that Grealish and his father are keeping their options open to play for England. Well they are entitled to do that.

"If I had a young 19-year-old son, I'd be very keenly involved and anxious to protect him and make sure he makes the right decision."

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