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Roy Hodgson hoping Jack Grealish will support England cause

By Staff Reporter

Roy Hodgson would welcome Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish into consideration should he decide to represent England rather than Republic of Ireland.

England boss Hodgson said: "It is important we leave it to him.

"He is a very talented player and has been on the radar of our younger teams.

"I have known about him and recently he has broken into the Aston Villa team, which raises the subject.

"He could play for either country, which one is it going to be?

"As far as I am concerned it has got to be Jack's decision and his alone, we must respect that and should not be attempting to use undue influence.

"I will leave it for him to decide, and if he decides it is us I will be very happy."

England, meanwhile, have this week written to all 3,000 fans travelling to the Republic to remind them that political religious chanting which could be considered offensive to certain groups is unacceptable.

England, who are unbeaten in nine games, play the Republic in Dublin on June 7 before a Euro 2016 qualifier in Slovenia a week later.

Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy and QPR striker Charlie Austin have been named in the squad.

Vardy, 28, has four Premier League goals this season, while Austin, 25, has netted 17 times for relegated QPR.

Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, 29, is also called up for the first time.

Teddy Sheringham has been confirmed as the new manager of Sky Bet League Two club Stevenage.

The 49-year-old former England striker leaves his role as attacking coach at West Ham to make his first foray into management.

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