Aston Villa starlet Jack Grealish is ready to commit his international future to the Republic of Ireland and could make his senior international debut against the United States next month, according to the Irish Times.
The 19-year-old, who was born in England, represented the Republic from Under-15 to Under-21 level. However, having been left out of the Ireland U-19 team for three qualifiers in 2012 – the English FA asked him to switch allegiances to England.
Grealish committed to Ireland
In 2013 Grealish made his Under-21 debut for Ireland against the Faroe Islands and reassured fans that he was fully committed to the Irish cause.
The youngster became the centre of more speculation this summer when he declined a call-up to the Irish Under-21 and senior squads. Reports emerged that Gareth Southgate was monitoring the situation and was looking to call him into the England U-21 team.
Grealish: Star in the making
A few days later Grealish came on as a late substitute against Hull City at Villa Park. He immediately became involved in a ferocious midfield battle with Irish international Stephen Quinn – who reportedly called the Villa man a “plastic paddy”. Quinn later claimed it was a case of harmless banter.
This week Grealish tweeted his support for the Irish team before their European Qualifier against Germany – making clear to fans where his heart rests.
It is unlikely Grealish will feature in Ireland’s next competitive game against Scotland due to Martin O’Neill being loyal to the squad that has started Group D so well. However, the friendly against the USA at the Aviva Stadium looks likely to be Grealish’s first senior cap for Ireland.