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Aston Villa star Grealish can't play for England until 2016

Jack Grealish will have to wait until the new year before being considered for England. Credit: PA

Jack Grealish will have to wait until the new year before he is considered for his first England cap after FIFA confirmed the Aston Villa midfielder has still not been cleared to play for the Three Lions.

Grealish represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level, but decided to switch his allegiance to England, the country of his birth, five weeks ago.

The Aston Villa midfielder and the Football Association submitted the relevant documents to FIFA at the end of September, but world football's governing body confirmed on Wednesday that clearance had still not been granted.

A FIFA spokesperson said: ''We can confirm having been contacted by the Football Association with a request for change of association of the player Jack Grealish.

''The matter is pending and being investigated by our services and as a result, we are not in a position to comment on it any further nor to give an estimation as to the relevant time line.''


Rooney hails 'huge moment' in England dressing room speech

Dressing room footage shows Wayne Rooney thanking England players and staff after becoming the country's all-time leading goalscorer.

Rooney, whose penalty rounded off a 2-0 win against Switzerland in qualifying for the European Championships, said the honour "means the world to me".

"Coaches, players, staff who I have worked with for such a long time - this is such a huge moment for myself and my family and my career.

"Hopefully for myself and the team there's a lot more to come," he added - before pointing to young stars Harry Kane, Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling as players who could "come close and even pass me in the future".

Hodgson pushes back England squad announcement

Roy Hodgson has postponed the announcement of his squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers with San Marino and Switzerland due to the number of decisions which still need to be made.

Hodgson will wait until Sunday to name his next squad. Credit: Reuters

The announcement had been scheduled to take place on Tuesday afternoon, but Hodgson will instead reveal his chosen players on August 30.

Hodgson said:

After meeting with my coaching staff today we have decided to wait until this Sunday before announcing the squad to face San Marino and Switzerland.

We have a large of number of players that still need confirming regarding availability and fitness so rather than selecting a larger squad now, we will wait for the games at the weekend before choosing around 23 players who are definitely available.

– England manager Roy Hodgson

England play in San Marino on September 5 and face Switzerland at Wembley on September 8, with both matches shown live on ITV.

Monk sets sights on England job

Garry Monk wants the England job one day. Credit: PA

Swansea boss Garry Monk has set his sights on managing England, describing it as the "ultimate job".

Monk has impressed in his role at the Liberty Stadium after he succeeded Michael Laudrup in February of last year.

The 36-year-old guided Swansea to a record 56 points and an eighth-placed finish last season and was rewarded with a three-year deal at the start of the summer.

Monk says taking charge of England is his ultimate goal: "I have always been patriotic, a massive supporter of England and grew up watching all of it," said Monk.

"To manage or play for your country, whichever way round it is, has to be the ultimate job doesn't it?

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Roy Hodgson feared for Aston Villa starlet in Ireland

Roy Hodgson resisted the temptation to call up Jack Grealish to the England squad because he did not want the Aston Villa midfielder to receive a hostile reception if he made his debut in Dublin.

Hodgson did not want to thrown Grealish into an uncomfortable situation. Credit: PA

Despite being born in Solihull to English parents, the 19-year-old has represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level as he qualifies for the country through his grandfather.

Last week Republic manager Martin O'Neill said Grealish had turned down a call-up to the senior squad and that the player was considering switching allegiance to England.

Given that next month will be the first time that England have played in Dublin since the Lansdowne Road riot of 1995, the match is likely to be charged with emotion and Hodgson did not want to put the teenager in that situation by selection him.

He said:

I would not have picked him on this occasion because it would have been inflammatory at the last minute if he chose us and played against the Republic of Ireland.

– England manager Roy Hodgson
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