Monday 11 December 2017

'Well done Roy for putting the pressure on' – Martin O'Neill unhappy with Roy Hodgson's views on Jack Grealish

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and England manager Roy Hodgson
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and England manager Roy Hodgson Newsdesk Newsdesk

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has not welcomed Roy Hodgson's recent comments regarding Jack Grealish's international future.

Grealish has been stalling on whether he commit his future to the Irish or English cause for the last couple of years, with his rise to prominence in the Aston Villa first team fuelling the debate over his decision.

Hodgson claims to be confused that the 19-year-old is still uncertain on who he wants to play for, with a spot in England's Euro 2016 finals squad within reach if he declares his intentions shortly.

“I’m not 100 per cent certain of what he is waiting for," stated Hodgson.

"As far as I am concerned, I would like him to come out and say: ‘I’ve thought about it, I’ve got the two possibilities and I’m opting for England’ and then of course he will be available for selection.

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"We’ve spoken to him and what we’ve said, quite simply, is that we think he is a very talented footballer. We think he could have a very good international career and we would be more than happy if he chose that career to be England.

"He’s 19 years of age. It would be nice if he says yes and then he would have a year to see if he could knock one or two of these players off their perch. That would be pleasant, but there is no time limit.

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Speaking after Ireland's 1-0 victory over Georgia last night, O'Neill indicated that the comments from his English counterpart were not helpful as the teenager weighs up the decision.

“That’s encouraging, that’s encouraging," he said sarcastically. "Roy’s not going to hang around. Well done Roy, putting the pressure on.”

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