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Jack Grealish: 'Hopefully next year, I'll be back playing again for Ireland'

The Aston Villa midfielder has been on hiatus from the international scene.

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JACK GREALISH WAS named the Under-21 International Player of the Year at the Three FAI Awards on Sunday night and gave a clear indication that he will play for Ireland again.

The Aston Villa midfielder has been at the centre of a ‘will-he, won’t he’ situation as he is still to be capped at senior level by the Republic of Ireland, meaning he could still declare for England.

But speaking to RTE after picking up his accolade, Grealish revealed that he is keen to return to international football after taking a break to focus on his club ambitions.

“I spoke to Noel (King, Republic of Ireland Under-21 manager) at the start of the year and I said I was going to take a year out of international football this year and try and concentrate on my club football. I’ve had a good year at Villa and then hopefully next year I’ll be back playing again for Ireland.”

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