Former Birmingham City captain slams Jack Grealish over international uncertainty

Kenny Cunningham has little sympathy over the future of the Aston Villa star at international level.

Since bursting onto the scene this season Aston Villa youngster Jack Grealish's international future has been the topic of much debate.

The 19-year-old has played for the Republic of Ireland at youth level but is also eligible for England. He has so far failed to commit his future to any nation on the full senior level. It was revealed by Ireland boss Martin O'Neill this week that Grealish had rejected the latest call-up to the senior squad - as he still needs time to decide who he plays for.

One former Ireland captain is not having it. Kenny Cunningham is not only a former Ireland captain, but he also captained Villa's local rivals Birmingham City during a four-year spell at St Andrews.

He spoke to RTE Sport today about the player, making it clear he was disappointed in the refusal of his call-up.

He stated:

“There’s a lot talk that he wants to go back and play for the Under-21s but that’s farcical. It’s laughable.

"All that means is he wants to go back and play Under-21 football so he doesn’t have to commit himself one way or the other so he can keep his options open going forward, which is absolutely ridiculous.

“He’s got to do what his heart tells him. Telling us he needs 12 months to decide which way he wants to go, for me, that’s not making a decision with your heart, you're making it with your head...

“Forget about needing a bit more time and going back to play for the Under-21s. He’s trying to stoke a bit of interest from England, we shouldn’t be waiting in the wings, we should move on without him."

Strong words from the former Birmingham defender, who made over 70 caps for his nation.

Grealish's great form is certainly causing a real debate regarding the international game, and how soon players should be making up their mind over an international future.

Grealish, who was born and raised in Birmingham, certainly has a tough decision to make but it seems Cunningham thinks his time is up.

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