In 2015, then Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keane noticed a rising star, Jack Grealish. They would also be more buoyant if Grealish had turned down a call-up to the England Under-17 team three years earlier, choosing instead to travel with the Republic of Ireland team he had chosen at the age of 14. It is known that at the age of 14, Grealish played for the Republic of Ireland U16.
However, during a meeting, O’Neill and Keane learn that Grealish will have one last time wearing an emerald green shirt. They left after accepting that the young man and his father declared allegiance to the foggy country, where the 1995-born player was born in Birmingham. This means Grealish rejected the Republic of Ireland, where his father and mother were born.
When Grealish confirmed his future with England in September 2015, it marked the end of six years with the Republic of Ireland. That story, unsurprisingly, annoyed Keane. By then, Grealish had made 19 caps for Ireland’s youth team and had started for the Under-21 team, winning the 2014 Young Player of the Year award.
At dawn tomorrow, the Manchester City star can make his 32nd England cap if he plays against Malta in the EURO 2024 qualifier. Between the time of skipping the last call-up to the Republic of Ireland in 2015. By making his England debut five years later, Ireland had played 47 games. Now, Grealish is on track to hit the 100-game mark for the Three Lions. It was a disappointment in Ireland, but a fateful milestone for Grealish.
Representing England helps the former Aston Villa captain get more attention and have the opportunity to attend many prestigious tournaments such as EURO and World Cup. Many people believe that the reason Grealish forced Man City to pay 100 million pounds is because of the British nationality label. If the 27-year-old star joins the Republic of Ireland, his charm and value may decrease.
In fact, the title “Jack 100” in the Man City shirt is creating career advancement for this player. Over the past two years, Grealish has emerged as the standard model for English football after David Beckham
Handsome looks, talented football players, playing for a top club and continuously conquering a series of major titles make Grealish a prominent face in the foggy country. This is most easily seen in the treble celebrations of the Etihad Stadium team.
At any event, whether in a nightclub, in a changing room, on an airplane or on a parade bus, the media is constantly scrutinizing Grealish’s every move. Grealish is the most photographed athlete on the planet, and the iconic photo of him celebrating on a convertible bus in Calvin Klein shorts looks like an advertisement for the fashion brand America.
At the age of 27, Grealish is having everything when becoming the face of the foggy country. The player born in 1995 won all the achievements thanks to the ‘turn of the car’, refusing the Republic of Ireland to choose British citizenship.
Lu Feng | 22:40 06/16/2023