Aston Villa star Jack Grealish has ended speculation surrounding his international future by pledging to turn out for England over the Republic of Ireland.
Grealish, 20, was born in Birmingham but qualifies for Ireland through his grandparents and has represented the Emerald Isle throughout his youth career, turning out for the U17, U18 and U21 sides.
Commenting on the switch the Villa youngster said: “It was not an easy decision as Ireland has a special place with me through my family. But I have decided to represent the country of my birth.”
Having confirmed his decision Grealish is now 1/2 to be named in England’s squad to take on Estonia and Lithuania next month, while it’s 5/1 that he gets the nod for the Three Lions’ assault on France in 2016.
Odds of 4/1 suggest he gets get his England career off to a flier with a debut goal, but there are plenty who will question his decision.
And today Ladbrokes News is giving you the chance to have your say.
Do you think the increased competition for places in England’s midfield means Grealish will spend his international career playing back-up to the likes of Jack Wilshere, Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley?
Should he have seen through his career with the Republic of Ireland after gaining so much from the coaches at youth level?
Let us know if you think Grealish made the right decision by voting in today’s poll and have your say in the comments section below.
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