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Monday 11 December 2017

JACK Grealish's father Kevin has all but confirmed that his son will be part of Martin O'Neill's plans for Ireland's friendly against the USA, five days after a huge Euro 2016 qualifier in Celtic Park against .

JACK Grealish's father Kevin has all but confirmed that his son will be part of Martin O'Neill's plans for Ireland's friendly against the USA, five days after a huge Euro 2016 qualifier in Celtic Park against .

Writing on his Facebook page, Grealish Snr said: "Ireland v USA. Jack v Brad Guzan", alluding to a possible showdown between the two Villa teammates.

This comes after doubts about Grealish's future were underlined by England U21 boss Gareth Southgate when he confirmed that he was more than keen to include the talented Villa youngster in his plans.

However, it now seems that Martin O'Neill and the Grealish family reached an agreement when they met during the summer and that the intention was always to bring him in for the November friendly date after the hype surrounding the game against Scotland had died down.

Stories have been circulating for some time about Grealish's intentions but generally with one common theme. He will commit to Ireland when the time is right.

Now, with a lucrative new four-year deal signed at Villa Park, he is ready for the next stage of his development.

Grealish himself gave a lukewarm response to reports in today's media claiming he was ready to commit to Ireland: "Stuff in the papers today about me that I don't even no (sic) myself".

But there now seems little doubt that he will be, at the very least, named in the squad to play America, although it would not nail down his allegiance for good as he must play a competitive fixture first.

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