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Thursday 16 August 2018

Big boost as Grealish stays in the Irish fold

JACK Grealish will get to play in the green shirt once more as the Aston Villa man, who has been touted as a possible recruit to the England setup, has been named in an Ireland U21 squad for a friendly next month.

Grealish, 19, has been a part of the Irish U21 squad for some time and won his sixth cap at that level in a European Championship qualifier away to Germany earlier this month.

The midfielder's international career has been the subject of debate as the English FA are keen to get the Birmingham lad on board, and at at recent meeting with Martin O'Neill the player said that he wanted to wait before making a final commitment on his international future.

But U21 boss Noel King is happy to keep Grealish in the fold for now and the teenager has neen inclued in a squad for an U21 friendly way to Norway on October 9th, King lookig to the future as the U21s do not have another competitive game until 2015.

"Already we've seen in the two games that we've had them in for and they've shown some great competitive qualities. In this group are some players excellent character and we're looking to get the best out of them," says King.

IRELAND U21 SQUAD

Ian Lawlor (Manchester C), Danny Rogers (Dumbarton).

Shane Griffin, Sean Long, Pierce Sweeney (Reading), Jack Connors (Dagenham), Eoghan O'Connell (Celtic), Tommie Hoban (Watford), Mason Watkins-Clark (Stoke C).

Kieran Sadlier (West Ham United), Jack Grealish (Aston V), Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn R), Jack Byrne (Manchester C), Alan Browne, Will Hayhurst (Preston), Bradley Garmston (WBA).

Conor Wilkinson (Oldham), Sam Byrne (Everton)

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