Report: Aston Villa's Jack Grealish set to make major decision by end of September

Jack Grealish

The 19-year-old is reportedly being pursued by both England and the Republic of Ireland.

The Telegraph are reporting that Aston Villa star Jack Grealish is set to provide an answer on which country his international allegiance lies with by the end of the month.

The 19-year-old burst onto the Premier League scene last season under Paul Lambert, but was given a larger role by Tim Sherwood once the former Tottenham boss took over in February. Grealish went on to feature in every round of Villa's FA Cup run to the final, not to mention starting the last seven fixtures in the Premier League as the Midlands side pulled away from the relegation zone before the end of the season.

Grealish's skilful attacking play caught the eye of many who were impressed by Sherwood's Villa team, and the attacking midfielder ended up being caught in a mini tug of war between the Republic of Ireland and England, with the teenager eligible for both nations.

The Solihull native had featured for Republic of Ireland youth groups all the way up to the Under-21s, but the Irish Mirror has stated that Grealish politely refused an offer from Martin O'Neill to turn out for the full senior side in 2014, with the possibility of an England call-up intriguing the Villa man.

The report in the Telegraph says a decision will be made by the time of October's European Championship qualifiers, with both Roy Hodgson and O'Neill said to be thinking of selecting him if they get the go ahead from the player. With England possibly having already qualified by then, it could be the perfect time for Grealish to get an opportunity, but he could still yet choose to feature for either country.

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