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Friday 9 December 2016

Tim Sherwood: I didn't influence Jack Grealish's decision

Aston Villa manager, Tim Sherwood, has encouraged Grealish to consider his future carefully
Aston Villa manager, Tim Sherwood, has encouraged Grealish to consider his future carefully
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood

TIM Sherwood has rubbished suggestions that he is leaning on Jack Grealish to choose England over Ireland, claiming that only the player himself is qualified to make the correct judgement.

"It's a decision only Jack has to make in a cool, calm situation at the end of this season," he said.

"If he wants guidance from me, unfortunately, I can't give it to him. Only Jack and his family can make that decision."

The Aston Villa manager (right) believes that Grealish's decision to park international football is not a snub to Martin O'Neill, Ireland or England.

"It's not a slant on Ireland, England or anyone," said Sherwood.

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Tim Sherwood

"I don't think Jack didn't want to play for Ireland, I don't think he didn't want to play for England or Brazil for that matter.

"He will make his decision. He's good enough to play international football but he's putting that on hold.

"The case was he was always going to decide on his international future at the end of this season.

"He's got three very important games to take care of for Aston Villa. His concentration is fully on that.

"Jack hasn't made his mind up what country he wants to represent but the good news is they all want him.

"But Jack has done very well. He's very confident, a great guy and a good kid. He wants to improve and that's what I've learnt. He's not changed since the day I walked in here."

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