So he’s finally hit the road, Jack, and he won’t come back no more, no more, no more...
Jack Grealish’s decision to pledge his future to England has left the expected cacophony ringing in his ears on this side of the Irish Sea, and the blame game – at which we’re acknowledged to be global masters — in full swing. (And is that the additional sound of schadenfreude we hear from across the border? Indeed it is).
True, at the game’s highest level, he is still only on the lower rungs, with no guarantee that he will fulfil his rich promise. After all, the last young Irish-eligible player to excite this level of hype and hope was one Stephen Ireland. But, right now, there can be no gainsaying the fact that England’s gain is Ireland’s loss, although just how much Grealish’s country of birth will benefit from his talent remains to be seen.
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