Roy Hodgson discusses Jack Grealish’s international future

Jack Grealish

Aston Villa youngster Jack Grealish has still not decided his international future.

Grealish is eligible to play for both England and the Republic of Ireland, and Roy Hodgson has told the Daily Mail that he wants to see the youngster come out and reveal which team he wants to star for.

Hodgson said: “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. 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”. Then, of course, he will be available for selection.”

Grealish, an exceptionally talented attacking midfielder, has still shown little to suggest he deserves to be named in and England squad, even if he does set out that his future will be spent with the Three Lions.

He is a youth prospect, rather than an established Premier League star, but he has shown a potential that could make him one of the best English players of his generation.

However, he has yet to decide whether he wants to pledge his future with Hodgson’s men, or to the land of his maternal grandfather - the Republic of Ireland.

First-team chances are sure to be more available if he was to play with Ireland, and the Mail article claims that, whilst he is leaning towards England, he is aware that greater competition could limit the chances of him winning caps on a consistent basis.

Ireland have already approached Grealish concerning a call-up to the senior side, but the report claims that the youngster turned down the chance to appear for Martin O’Neill’s side back in May.

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