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Monday 21 August 2017

Jack Grealish is still to make call on Ireland

Republic of Ireland International Jack Gealish, winner of the Republic of Ireland U21 player of the year award with his grandmother Margret Grealish
Republic of Ireland International Jack Gealish, winner of the Republic of Ireland U21 player of the year award with his grandmother Margret Grealish

JACK Grealish has given his strongest hint yet that he's keen to stay on the green side with his international allegiance.

Grealish (pictured), who is on a self-imposed break from the Ireland scene as he ponders interest from England, was in Dublin last night to pick up the award for Ireland U21 player of the year for 2014, but he will not be in the Irish U21 panel for their Euro qualfiier at home to Andorra on Thursday.

Martin O'Neill says he is keen to see Grealish back in the green jersey but Grealish himself says he's hopeful of being back with Ireland.

"Hopefully next year I'll be back in the green jersey. It's a big decision to pick what country I'm going to play for and it's a bit of an honour to have that decision. Hopefully, in September time I'll be back playing for Ireland," said Grealish. John O'Shea, Aiden McGeady and Jeff Hendrick picked up the main international awards.

3/FAI International award winners

SENIOR: John O'Shea

YOUNG: Jeff Hendrick

GOAL: Aiden McGeady

U21: Jack Grealish

WOMEN'S: Julie-Ann Russell

LOI: Colin Healy

U19: Sam Byrne

U17: Danny Kane

U16: Conor Masterson

U15: Anthony Scully

JUNIOR: Darren Dunne

INTERMEDIATE: Danny Long

FOOTBALL FOR ALL: Aoife McNicholl

SCHOOLS: Ryan Manning

WOMEN'S U19: Megan Connolly

WOMEN'S U17: Evelyn Daly

WOMEN'S U16: Jamie Finn

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