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England still after Ireland winger Grealish, says U21 boss Southgate

Southgate has revealed they have been in contact with the highly-rated teenager’s family.

Grealish in action against Man City's Frank Lampard over the weekend.
Grealish in action against Man City's Frank Lampard over the weekend.
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ENGLAND U21 MANAGER Gareth Southgate remains hopeful that Jack Grealish will switch international alliegance.

Birmingham-born Grealish, who has broken into Aston Villa’s first team this season, currently represents Ireland and will line out with Noel King’s U21 squad once again this week in a friendly against Norway.

According to Ireland senior boss Martin O’Neill, the 19-year-old wants time to decide which country he would like to commit his long-term future to and Southgate has revealed that they are still keeping tabs on the highly-talented youngster.

“Jack is somebody we have spoken to over the years, him and his family,” The Birmingham Mail report Southgate as saying. “He has been in our younger development teams. The family and Jack are aware of our interest.

“Up to this point they have preferred to remain with Ireland.These things are quite fluid at younger ages, it happened with Michael Keane and his brother and Jonathan Bond came from Wales.

You are allowed to switch once you are a young player and Jack is someone we are monitoring and we’ll keep our eye on that situation.

“We have been monitoring him but in the end it’s up to the player. He’s going to make his decision on where he wants to go. ”

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