If reports in England are anything to go by it looks as though Aston Villa youngster Jack Grealish is set to declare for England.
Grealish who has represented the Republic of Ireland right up to under 21’s has stayed tight lipped over the last few months regarding his decision, although it has been suggested that he may declare for Roy Hodgson’s side ahead of the final round of EURO 2016 qualifiers next month.
It is still yet to be confirmed if he will in fact choose England but the longer it goes on the less interested the Irish football supporters seem to be. Many fans believe the decision should have been made a long time ago.
Former Celtic and Republic of Ireland international Darren O’Dea who now plays with Mumbai City took to Twitter himself this week to express his opinion on the saga, he said;
The whole Jack Grealish saga of which country he is going to opt to play for has really got me. First of all I’d say it’s quite obvious the ability and potential he has although I’d say it’s been over exaggerated by some at times. But still there is no doubting he’s a good player with plenty of potential to become a great player. What is getting to me is this “choice” he thinks he has to sit and take a long time to make. Now in club football there are so many factors when making a life changing decision which this also is. There’s the club, manager, wages, location etc. this is something every player should take their time with but with deciding who to represent internationally its not something to sit and think about. It’s what’s in your heart. Not your head! I’d rather have 1 international cap for the country I feel is mine than 50 with another. No one can tell you what is stalling him but I’d suggest he knows he wouldn’t get into the England team at the minute so is biding his time to become a more recognised premier league player before making this decision. It’s quite clear Ireland would select him straight away where I think he’s waiting to see does he have it in him to break into the England set up first. Therefore what I’d suggest is he goes and fights for the rest of his career to be an England player. As I said it’s about what national anthem you’ll feel the buzz to. What colour you feel so much pride in wearing. I think the answer is white but it remains to be seen if he gets the choice to choose green.
With his decision expected very soon it looks more and more likely that he will in fact change countries and declare for England. England have already booked their place at next year’s EURO 2016 finals in France and although Hodgson has said he will focus heavily on the 23-man squad that helped his team qualify but wouldn’t rule out Grealish appearing on the team sheet should he declare.