JACK GREALISH will opt to represent England at international level instead of Ireland, according to The Independent.
With England having already qualified for next summer’s European Championships in France, their reports suggests the Aston Villa midfielder is prepared to feature in their final group games next month.
Ireland, who Birmingham-born Grealish has represented from Under 17s through to Under 21s, still have a decent chance of qualifying for the 2016 event via the playoffs, but their fate is far from determined.
England boss Roy Hodgson has made it clear that he wants Grealish to declare for England, but only if he’s 100 per cent committed, and it appears the 20-year-old is dedicated to switching allegiance.
Grealish was brought up in England but is known to be proud of his Irish roots having qualified to play for Ireland’s youth teams through his grandparents.
He played GAA for John Mitchels of Warwickshire from Under 12 to Under 14.