Sherwood: Grealish should follow his heart when deciding international allegiance

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood believes midfielder Jack Grealish has a difficult decision to make about which country he will choose to play for, following the academy starlet’s rise to prominence for the Villans. He’s eligible for both England and the Republic of Ireland, reports Sky Sports.

Grealish put in a fantastic display for Aston Villa against Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final. His performance was singled out, and what’s been more surprising is that he only made his first start for the club in recent weeks. Typically when a player performs against a top side in a big competition, there’s a lot of hype immediately raised, and it didn’t take long for his international future to come into the equation.

The 19-year-old is yet to make a full international cap, and is eligible to play for England and the Republic of Ireland. He’s represented the latter at youth level, and earlier this year did suggest he would be playing for the Boys in Green at senior level. However, he could well consider England, with manager Roy Hodgson having seen him perform lately, and Villa boss Tim Sherwood has told him to follow his heart.

“What I’ve got to do is make sure he’s got that decision to make. He must be doing something right for Aston Villa if he’s got those options. That’s my priority. Then it’s up to Jack to decide where he wants to go. I had the same situation with Nabil Bentaleb who could have played for France but decided to pick Algeria,” he said.

“I did have a chat with him and he asked me what to do. I just said, ‘you’ve got to go with your heart. Do you think you’re French or Algerian?’ That’s the decision he had to make and now Jack has got to make that decision. He has to play a few more times for Aston Villa before he needs to make that decision.”

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