Jack Grealish must make his England or Ireland decision soon

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Jack Grealish has been urged by Wayne Rooney to choose England over Ireland, according to re-ports.

Born in Solihull in England, Grealish qualifies to play for Ireland as he has a grandfather from Dublin. He's is a top prospect for both nations, but arguably he should choose Ireland over England. 

Grealish strife

Grealish has made 16 appearances for Aston Villa and looked a forgotten player under the Paul Lambert era. Since the arrival of Tim Sherwood however the young prospect has been given a licence to play and has put in a string of excellent performances.

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These performances merited a starting place for Grealish in the FA Cup final, although Villa were beaten heavily by Arsenal. 

Which nation?

Grealish's international future is a hotly debated topic. The Irish opinion however makes a better case for him to choose over playing for England. With the amount of excellent players England have at their disposal arguably it would be incredibly difficult for Grealish to play.

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As a winger/attacking midfielder, England have an abundance of talent in that position who play for the top clubs in the Premier League. Grealish would face stiff competition from the likes of Theo Walcott, Raheem Sterling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. 

Rooney backing

England captain Rooney though has called on Grealish to follow in his own footsteps and choose England over Ireland.

Rooney said, according to Sky Sports: "It's down to him, really. I'm a firm believer that the country you are born in is who you should play for, but the rules are the rules."

"It's down to him to make the decision, and better sooner than later.

"I have Irish grandparents, so if they wanted to play for Ireland I'm sure they could have, but it was never something I thought about. I was born in England, I'm English."

Tough call

Playing for Ireland, arguably Grealish would have a greater impact. He has fantastic ability and technique on the ball and Sherwood seems to have gotten the best out of him, but there is certainly more to come.

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill should do everything in his power to persuade Grealish to choose Ireland. Ireland's assistant manager Roy Keane, who worked with Grealish during his spell at Aston Villa, has said of the young player: "What I found working with Jack in my short time at club level is that he's a really good kid.

"Obviously, I've never been in that situation and whatever decision he makes will be the right one, whether we like it or not." 

Keane has shows his frustration at the length of time in which it has taken for Grealish to make uo his decision and this frustration is mirrored by the Irish fans and FAI. What is most important about whatever choice Grealish makes, and it seems likely he will choose England over Ireland, will be his own decision and not something he regrets.

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