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"Ireland Forgive Nearly All Things" - Cascarino Thinks Irish Fans Would Welcome Grealish Back

"Ireland Forgive Nearly All Things" - Cascarino Thinks Irish Fans Would Welcome Grealish Back

Former Republic Of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino believes that Jack Grealish would be welcomed back into the Irish fold, should he decide to switch his allegiance back to the Republic of Ireland.

The Aston Villa captain was once again left out of the England squad for their upcoming Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark.

Despite an impressive season for Villa, it appears that Grealish is currently behind Phil Foden and Mason Mount in Southgate's plans, while Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips also got a surprise call-up.

Dele Alli, James Maddison, and Ross Barkley were also not named in England's recent squad and they're all likely to provide additional competition for Grealish in the England setup.

In 2015, the Birmingham-born midfielder announced that he wanted to represent England at international level. However, Grealish represented the Republic of Ireland at U-17, U-18 and U-21s level too, qualifying through his Irish grandparents.

Since making that decision in 2015, the Villa man has played seven times for the England U-21s, scoring twice. However, Southgate has repeatedly left him out of the senior squad.

Speaking on talkSPORT, former Ireland striker Tony Cascarino shared his belief that that the attacker would be welcomed back by the Irish fans and management.

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“I think Ireland would embrace a player of Jack Grealish’s quality. If he really doesn’t see himself getting a chance with England, then, of course, why not go and play international football for Ireland?

The former Chelsea striker added: "Ireland forgive nearly all things, they don’t question you for too long as long and you give the commitment and desire, the Irish fans would adore someone like Jack. We miss so much quality in the team and he would certainly give us that.”

Grealish's continued absence from the England squad comes at a time when FIFA is proposing changes to their eligibility rules for international football.

Under current FIFA rules, a player cannot change their international allegiance once they have played a competitive game for a particular country.

However, the potential new changes would see a player become eligible to switch their allegiance if they had played no more than three games for their first national side before the age of 21 and at least three years before their requested move.

A vote on this ruling will take place at the 70th FIFA congress which will be held as an online event from Zurich on Friday, September 18.

As for the immediate future of the Irish team, the Stephen Kenny era gets underway with the UEFA Nations League matches against Bulgaria and Finland.

SEE ALSO: Stephen Kenny Announces Ireland Squad For Opening Nations League Matches

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