England manager Roy Hodgson has urged Aston Villa winger Jack Grealish to decide on his international future and hopes he opts to play for England.
England-born Grealish is eligible to feature for both the Three Lions and the Republic of Ireland, the country of his grandparents but is yet to make a statement on who he wants to represent after rejecting a call-up from Ireland manager Martin O’Neill.
Still only 19, Grealish emerged as one of Villa’s best players towards the end of last season and Hodgson has revealed he wants to include Grealish in his preparations for Euro 2016 next year having just secured qualification.
“I’m not 100 per cent certain of what he is waiting for,” Hodgson is quoted as saying by FourFourTwo.
“I would like him to come out and say, ‘I’ve thought about it, I’ve got the two possibilities, and I’m opting for England’, and then he will be available for selection.
“But he has been injured, to be fair, so he wouldn’t have been selectable for any team during these September fixtures.
“Now, maybe before the October fixtures, he might make that decision.”