Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane believes that his international side may be fighting a losing battle in trying to secure Aston Villa winger Jack Grealish’s international loyalties.
The Birmingham-born midfielder made the headlines last month after snubbing an Ireland call-up for Sunday’s friendly with England and a UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier with Scotland next Saturday.
Keane, who is assistant to Boys in Green manager Martin O’Neill, briefly worked alongside the 19-year-old last season during his time as assistant manager at Villa, who made 17 English Premier League appearances for the Villa Park side in his breakthrough season.
When asked by The Guardian if their pursuit to secure the player is a lost cause, he said: “He’s obviously not made any official decision so we’ll have to wait and see.
“Jack’s a good kid. He was over at the FAI awards and he’s faced with a difficult decision.
“I’ve got my own thoughts on what he’s going to do. Let’s wait and see.”