Saturday 24 February 2018

Roy Hodgson: Jack Grealish has been on England's radar for a long time

Jack Grealish will decide on his international future in September
Jack Grealish will decide on his international future in September

Roy Hodgson has admitted that England are keeping close tabs on Aston Villa youngster Jack Grealish.

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill recently said he was "disappointed" that the 19-year-old midfielder had rejected the chance to join up with the Republic squad for next month's friendly against England and the Euro 2016 qualifier with Scotland.

Grealish has asked to be left out of any international squads until he makes up his mind on who to represent this September.

Uncapped trio Tom Heaton, Jamie Vardy and Charlie Austin have been called up to the England squad for the first time.

"He could play for either country. It's important we leave it (decision) to him. He's a very talented player," said Hodgson today.

England squad to face the Republic of Ireland on June 7 and Slovenia on June 14 is as follows:

Green (QPR), Hart (Man City), Heaton (Burnley); Bertrand (Southampton), Cahill (Chelsea), Clyne (Southampton), Gibbs (Arsenal), Jagielka (Everton), Jones (Man Utd), Smalling (Man Utd); Barkley (Everton), Delph (Aston Villa), Henderson (Liverpool), Lallana (Liverpool), Mason (Tottenham), Milner (Man City), Sterling (Liverpool), Townsend (Tottenham), Walcott (Arsenal), Wilshere (Arsenal); Charlie Austin (QPR), Rooney (Man Utd), Vardy (Leicester), Welbeck (Arsenal).

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