Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has pledged his future to England amid reports that he will be called up by Roy Hodgson this week.
Solihull-born Grealish, who celebrated his 20th birthday this month, represented the Republic at Under-21 level through his Irish-born grandparents before his displays at Villa under the guidance of Tim Sherwood caught the eye of Hodgson.
He had been dallying about making a decision but after talks with Hodgson and Ireland manager Martin O’Neill, he has opted for England and a potential call-up for Estonia and Lithuania qualifying matches.
Grealish has started four Premier League games this season and has registered one goal and no assists; he has created four chances for his team-mates.
— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish1) September 28, 2015
I’ve been reliably informed that Jack Grealish has elected to play for England because it makes more “commercial sense” to do so. Great — Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) September 28, 2015
Lee Hendrie, Gavin McCann, Alan Thompson & Jack Grealish. 4 Villa midfielders who will never get more than 1 England cap. #wouldbelegend
— Seismic Goalkeeping (@SeismicGK) September 28, 2015
@MrF1978 exactly – don’t think Grealish is good enough to play for either senior side as of yet but good luck to him
— Richard Goggin (@RichardGoggin) September 28, 2015
Jack Grealish was in a lose lose situation, doesn’t matter which country he chose to represent he would’ve had people on his back.
— Freezy (@Calfreezy) September 28, 2015
— Martin Cassidy (@Marty_Cass) September 28, 2015
I find jack grealish a disgrace. The fact he had to chose between the England and Ireland, makes me glad he didn’t choose us. #EIRE
— James Geary (@JGeary32) September 28, 2015
Here’s wishing Jack Grealish best wishes in his non-existent future England career.
— Joseph Hamill (@sealandbloke) September 28, 2015
Jack Grealish isn’t very good anyway. If he is the best we’ve got then God help us.
— nicky (@nickyoff) September 28, 2015
Was are Irish fans getting so upset over Grealish? I don’t remember English fans overreacting when Cascarino chose Ireland.
— Ross (@Wizross) September 28, 2015
Born in England, developed in England, didn’t feel the Irish connection felt by the likes of @kdkilbane77 etc, all the best to Jack Grealish
— Mark McCadden (@markmccadden) September 28, 2015
English Football is saved! Jack Grealish will fire us to victory at the Euros! Just before he goes away to Burton in the League with Villa.
— Tom Herbert (@TomHerbert1) September 28, 2015
Would love to be proved wrong but I don’t get the hype surrounding Jack Grealish. Hardly pulling up trees in a struggling Aston Villa side.
— Richard Manington (@RichM1987) September 28, 2015
Disappointing to see Jack Grealish retire from international football
— Peter (@petercoulter2) September 28, 2015
I would also like to declare that I am only available for international football to England (and not to (Northern) Ireland). #grealish
— Conor Garratt (@kohlsalat) September 28, 2015
Jack Grealish finally retires from international football to concentrate on club career
— Max ROONEY (@imaxutd) September 28, 2015