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Jack Grealish Has Finally Declared His International Allegiance

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has ended a period of rampant speculation by declaring his intention to represent England at a senior international level.

The youngster had represented Ireland from under-15 level up as far as under-21, and Ireland boss Martin O’Neill was hoping to secure the services of the talented Birmingham-born star.

It wasn’t to be, however.

The news was broken by Aston Villa’s official Twitter account on Monday afternoon.

“Jack Grealish has made a decision over his international future and opted to play for England.”

The player himself soon released a follow-up statement on the social media site, confirming his decision.

“It was not an easy decision as Ireland has a special place with me through my family. However, I have decided to represent the country of my birth.”

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There had been reports in the media this morning that Grealish was set to declare for England, with The Irish Independent even suggesting that the 20-year-old would be named in their squad later in the week.

Roy Hodgson’s side are scheduled to play both Estonia and Lithuania in Euro 2016 qualifiers next month.

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