Ireland youth international Conor Ronan has reportedly drawn interest from the English FA fuelling speculation about his international future.
The Irish Independent claim that the 18-year-old Wolves player is on the radar of the England underage set up with representatives hoping that he will change his allegiances. The youngster has broken into Wolves first team under manager Paul Lambert and has shown fantastic promise for the Championship side.
These performances have attracted the FA who are determined to stop the flow of English-born players declaring for other countries. Ronan represented England at under 17 level in 2015 but has since played for the Irish at under-17 and 19 grades where he is currently involved. He is due to tog out for the 19s next month against Belgium.
Ronan strangely played against England at under-17 level for the Boys in Green in 2015 just weeks after representing the Three Lions. Capable of playing as an attacking midfielder or on the wing, the former captain of the Wolves development side will be thinking about senior international after making his first team breakthrough.
The FAI will hope to avoid another Jack Grealish-style tug-of-war with England following the Aston Villa man’s decision to throw his lot in with England. Patrick Bamford, Michael Keane and Ronan’s Wolves team-mate Jordan Graham are other examples of players who switched back to England having represented Ireland.
However, Ronan has spoken in the past of his desire to represent Ireland over the country of his birth and seems more enthusiastic than the likes of Grealish. Despite his age, Ronan’s standout and mature performances could see him propelled into Martin O’Neill’s plans before the end of the World Cup qualifying campaign.
Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena