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Jack Grealish's Father Outlines Why His Son Chose To Play For England

PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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Last week, following Jack Grealish's announcement that he wishes to play international football for England rather than Ireland, the Telegraph's Luke Edwards claimed that the main factor in the decision had been 'commercial reasons'.


Unsurprisingly, there was no mention of this when Grealish's father Kevin was interviewed on Radio Kerry by Gary O'Sullivan. Kevin Grealish's mother hails from Sneem in Kerry.

Instead, the Aston Villa midfielder's father asserted that his son simply thought it right to 'represent the country that he was born in'.

He had a good, long, hard think about it. We met both managers, Martin O'Neill and Roy Hodgson. We met the Ireland U21 manager Noel King aswell.

He said to us 'Look Dad, I was born in England' - the same as me, I was born in England - he just said 'I should represent the country that I was born in' and that's what he has done.

When Grealish first started playing international football with the Boys in Green, it was not because of any deep-seated connections to Ireland, according to his father, it was down to wanting to play with his friends and teammates at Aston Villa.

When he was first starting off, England were calling for him and Ireland were calling for him. Some of the Villa teammates he was with like Mikey Drennan and Samir Carruthers, they were all at the Villa and they were all young Irish lads.

He used to suffer from a lot of homesickness when he was away on international duty. He jumped into it with Ireland because of Mikey Drennan and Samir Carruthers. He just went with the flow.

Obviously Jack's career has taken off and some of the other lads, like Drennan is at Shamrock Rovers and Carruthers is at MK Dons. In the beginning, he just played for Ireland because there were a good few Irish lads there at Villa.

He had some great times. We have a picture of him in his Ireland top for the U17s and that'll stay there for as long as we live there.


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