Jack Grealish: England call ‘feels like a lawsuit’ after his late inclusion in Gareth Southgate’s squad | Football News

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Jack Grealish admits he was ‘devastated’ not to be included in England squads in the past, but says he’s thrilled to be selected and sees it ‘as a trial’

Jack Grealish admits he was ‘devastated’ not to be included in England squads in the past, but says he’s thrilled to be selected and sees it ‘as a trial’

Jack Grealish’s first call to England “looks like a trial” after his late inclusion in the squad, said Aston Villa captain Sky Sports.

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Grealish has been added to Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Nations League double header with Iceland and Denmark, live exclusively on Sky Sports, only after Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford retired last weekend, with a long-discussed call-up for the Villa midfielder – but ultimately only coming this month.

The 24-year-old recounted Sky Sports when he made the change of international allegiance from the Republic of Ireland to England in 2015, he did not expect at the time that it would take him another five years before visiting St George’s Park in as a senior member of the team – but he was determined to make the most of his opportunity now.

He said: “It’s more or less like a trial right now, arriving for the first time, and I hope I can show [Southgate] what I can do in training.

“I already had Gareth as a manager for the U21s and I loved my time with him. It’s him as manager. I’ve been here for two days and I can see what kind of manager he is. He made time for everyone. , I’ve been there for everyone talking to all the guys and staff, and I can say it’s a very tight-knit bunch here.

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Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett explains why Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish was first called up to the England senior squad

Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett explains why Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish was first called up to the England senior squad

“He wants to build on that, the guys to come back with England and enjoy it and want to play for their country, which I know for a fact everyone does. ”

“I had a somewhat unusual career, I was 19 when I said I would like to move from Ireland to England, and at the time I didn’t think it would take five years .

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“I spoke to my parents, to Roy Hodgson who was the manager at the time, but you know that didn’t happen for some reasons. We ended up being relegated that season, and I’ve been in the league for three years. years now, so that’s just a relief. It’s finally happened and I hope I can be here to stay. ”

Grealish represented the Republic of Ireland at U17, U18 and U21 levels before moving on to represent England – but said he never regretted the decision while awaiting his first inclusion in a senior squad.

Grealish made six appearances for Republic of Ireland U21s before moving to England

Grealish made six appearances for Republic of Ireland U21s before moving to England

“Since I was a child I have felt English,” he says. “My family is English, it was just my grandparents who are Irish and when I was young I played for Ireland because that was what looked good to me.

“It was pretty fun. But as I got older I felt English, I felt I could get into the England squad and get into the senior squad, and now I’m here. “

Call the cat ’emotional’

Grealish had no expectation at all to join the England organization during International Week after being left out of the initial Southgate squad last Tuesday – but could not have been in a much more suitable setting for that he gets the call to tell him about his inclusion.

“I was over the moon, it’s a call that I wasn’t really expecting,” he said, “but when someone from Villa contacted me to tell me that Gareth wanted to talk to me, it was obviously a huge moment for me, something that I will not forget.

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Sky Sports News’s Rob Dorsett explains logistical challenges Gareth Southgate faces ahead of Nations League game in Iceland

Sky Sports News’s Rob Dorsett explains logistical challenges Gareth Southgate faces ahead of Nations League game in Iceland

“It was Sunday night. I was just home with my family, it was something I wasn’t really expecting, but I took it and obviously it was a call I don’t regret not having answered!

“I was in the living room of my house, my family was there, it was my little sister’s birthday. We were about to go out to eat, so my dad, mom, and two little sisters were all there. It was something I will never forget. Now that I’m finally here, I can’t wait to get started.

“It was emotional, to be honest. Everyone says the same thing when they are called to the senior squad for the first time, it was something I wanted to do earlier in my career, but it doesn’t always work. the way you plan it, and now I’m glad it’s finally happened.

“I am so close to all my family and especially my little sister too, it was her 17th birthday, and it made the whole day even more special.

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