Aston Villa: Ireland’s Jack Grealish picked England for ‘commercial reasons’
Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish has opted to play for England, the country of his birth. Solihull-born to English parents, Grealish has declined the option of taking up the grandparents’ rule and playing for the Republic of Ireland.
Easy. But the troubling thing is that Grealish has already played for the Republic of Ireland, winning caps from under-15 to under-21 level. So it was bit of a blow to the Irish when he tweeted: “It was not an easy decision to make as Ireland has a special place to me through my family. However, I have decided to represent the country of my birth.”
So why did he play for the Republic, then?
The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards says Grealish picked England for another reason. He has it on “good authority” that Grealish picked the red rose for “commercial reasons”.
Now kiss the badge and play the game.