Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish dealt a setback by FIFA

Jack Grealish

The midfielder is still not eligible to play for England.

Jack Grealish's international future has been the subject of much debate this season. The midfield creator had an excellent end to last season under the management of Tim Sherwood and that saw him being linked with a call-up for the England national team, despite previously playing with the Republic of Ireland at youth level.

The midfielder recently made it clear that he wanted his international future to be with England, angering many a pundit and fan from Ireland - despite the fact he was born in Solihull.

However, he may have to wait a while to be cleared for England action. The midfielder's previous appearances for Ireland mean Grealish has had to apply for clearance from FIFA - who have confirmed that he is not yet eligible to play for England.

They stated, as reported by BT Sport:

"We can confirm having been contacted by the Football Association with a request for change of association of the player Jack Grealish.

"The matter is pending and being investigated by our services and as a result, we are not in a position to comment on it any further nor to give an estimation as to the relevant time line."

Not that Grealish would be called up by Roy Hodgson just yet. He has been in poor form for Villa this term and many a Villa fan is hopeful he might be left out in coming weeks with Carles Gil preferred.

In fact, his form probably does not yet warrant a call-up to the England under-21s, let alone the senior side.

So FIFA can take their time.

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