Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish revealed Monday that he has decided to represent England on the senior international level.
Grealish, 20, has been choosing between playing for England or the Republic of Ireland. Grealish, who was born in England but have Irish grandparents, has played for Ireland on the youth level, but going forward he will play for Roy Hodgson and The Three Lions on the senior level.
Grealish released a statement on Twitter Monday to explain his decision.
“I have decided to give my allegiance to England.
“It was not an easy decision as Ireland has a special place with me through my family. However, I have decided to represent my country of birth.”
— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish1) September 28, 2015
Grealish is seen as one of Great Britain’s biggest talents, and he could be called up by England manager Roy Hodgson as early as next week. England has already secured a spot in the European Championship in France next summer, and Hodgson has admitted that he will use the last two qualification to have a look at some different players.
England takes on Estonia on Oct. 9 and Lithuania Oct. 12.
Grealish’s club manager, Tim Sherwood was very pleased with his young star despite a narrow 3-2 loss to Liverpool on Saturday.
“I wouldn’t want to sell Jack Grealish for £60m today put it that way,” Sherwood told The Guardian after the game. “I know what he could possibly be. What looks expensive this year might not be expensive next year. That’s the way the game is going.
“He’s a great player is Jack, but he’s got to realize – I’ve been on at him every day – there is more to the game than just when you’re in possession. That Liverpool game was huge with a lot of expectancy and pressure, it didn’t faze him, he grew more.
“He is certainly a type of player we have seen at the very top level for the likes of Liverpool and in the past for Aston Villa, we have to recognize that.
“He’s not shop window job, he’s our player, and we couldn’t put a price on him. I certainly wouldn’t.”