Niall Quinn jokes about Aston Villa's Jack Grealish's England decision

Jack Grealish

Former Ireland international was quizzed on Jack Grealish's England decision.

Former Premier League striker Niall Quinn has responded to Jack Grealish's decision to snub Ireland for England.

Grealish has opted to make himself available for Roy Hodgson's next England squad, as reported The BBC.

This is despite representing Ireland at youth level, and attempts from the FAI to try and persuade him to commit his future to the Republic.

Niall Quinn is a former Republic of Ireland striker, and was quizzed for his thoughts on the topic on SkySports News Morning View on Tuesday 29th.

He said: "My prediction (after snubbing a call-up) was he doesn't have the fire in his belly to play for Ireland. I'm disappointed for Martin (O'Neill) and Roy (Keane) and the effort they put in."

Quinn added, somewhat light heartedly: "We took enough players off you guys, England over the years I don't think we can complain."

Ireland have in the past themselves persuaded 'English' players to feature for them, using relatives as qualification for a call-up, with such instances being London born duo Tony Cascarino and Clinton Morrison.

Quinn was later asked if the decision was a wise one from a footballing perspective, and responded by saying Grealish would find it tougher to establish himself in the England side due to the competition for places.

He said: "If he played for Ireland and Ireland qualified, he would have made the Euros, with England, and so many players fighting for places, it's a big call."

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