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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Roy Hodgson: I will leave final decision to Jack Grealish

Football - England - Roy Hodgson Press Conference - Wembley Stadium - 21/5/15
England manager Roy Hodgson during the press conference
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Football - England - Roy Hodgson Press Conference - Wembley Stadium - 21/5/15 England manager Roy Hodgson during the press conference Action Images via Reuters / Tony O'Brien Livepic
Jack Grealish has played 22 times for Aston Villa this season

ROY Hodgson has resisted the urge to pile even more pressure on Jack Grealish to declare for England and has not named him in his squad for the Aviva friendly on June 7.

Whether that is good news remains to be seen but Hodgson and Tim Sherwood have been publicly neutral about Grealish and Ireland boss Martin O'Neill stressed last week that he believes the England boss favours a hands-off approach as he now does.

Behind the scenes, however, both the FAI and the English FA must be working on plans to capture one of the brightest prospects in the Premier League.

READ MORE: Roy Hodgson: I'd be happy to take Jack Grealish into the England squad

Announcing three uncapped players - Charlie Austin, Tom Heaton and Jamie Vardy - in his squad for the friendly at the Aviva and the subsequent Euro 2016 clash with Slovenia, Hodgson claimed that while he was on his radar, the decision on nationality must be left to Grealish alone.

"I think it's important that we leave it to him. He is a very talented player and has been on the radar of our younger teams.

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Jack Grealish

"I have known about him and recently he has broken into the Aston Villa team, which raises the subject.

"He could play for either country, which one's it going to be? As far as I'm concerned it's got to be Jack's decision and I don't think we should be putting undue influence on him.

England squad: Rob Green (QPR), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Ross Barkley (Everton), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Ryan Mason (Tottenham), James Milner (Manchester City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Jamie Vardy (Leicester) Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).

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