The young Aston Villa man has been at the centre of a ‘1916 style’ tug-of-war between the Rep. of Ireland and England. Both camps appeared confident of luring the winger to their respective nations. England were hopeful because he was actually born there, and Ireland were optimistic due to Grealish announcing plans to study Agricultural Science in GMIT in Galway City.
However, England boss Roy Hodgson confirmed to the media that Grealish’s much publicised recent behaviour was “outrageous” and that the starlet would no longer be considered for England duty. Hodgson said that the picture of Grealish in Tenerife that surfaced this week was unacceptable, and not the behavior befitting an England player:
“Getting off-your-head drunk, while on summer holidays to a Spanish Island, is NOT the English way. He has disgraced not only the British Empire, but also that other island we used to own. I think it’s called the Isle of Man.” – Roy Hodgson on Jack Grealish.
Hodgson had initially seemed enthusiastic about the Aston Villa winger’s chances of selection for Euro 2016 saying: “We like the boy and we would like him to play for us. Mainly because the Rep of Ireland have been stealing England’s brightest young prospects for decades. Look at Jason McAteer and Phil Babb. We would have won the bloody World Cup in ’94 with those boys.”
When it was pointed out to Hodgson that England didn’t qualify for USA ’94, the England manager looked bemused. “Oh know? England didn’t qualify under Graham Taylor? I guess I wouldn’t remember, since I was too busy QUALIFYING for the World Cup with SWITZERLAND…” he smirked, before dropping the mic.