Exclusive – Grealish needs to concentrate on Aston Villa, claims Sherwood

first_imgTim Sherwood insists Jack Grealish should concentrate on impressing for Aston Villa before making a decision about his international future.The 19-year-old shone during the FA Cup semi-final victory over Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, as the Villans booked a place in the final for the first time since 2000.Birmingham-born Grealish, who currently represents the Republic of Ireland at Under-21 level, is believed to be on England’s radar with the two countries set for a tug-of-war over the schemer.And Villa Park chief Sherwood, who faced a similar situation with Nabil Bentaleb during his time as Tottenham manager, claims the youngster should focus on his club form before worrying about international honours.“It’s up to Jack where he wants to go,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “It’s purely up to him.“What I’ve got to do is make sure he’s got that decision to make. He must be doing something right for Aston Villa if he’s got those options. That’s my priority.“Then it’s up to jack to decide where he wants to go. I had the same situation with Nabil Bentaleb, who could have played for France but decided to pick Algeria.“I did have a chat with him and he asked me what to do. I just said, ‘you’ve got to go with your heart. Do you think you’re French or Algerian?’“That’s the decision he had to make and now Jack has got to make that decision. He has to play a few more times for Aston Villa before he needs to make that decision.“When some kids come and play with the first team sometimes, they’re a bit overawed, but Jack’s not.“He receives the ball and dribbles it around people. They kick lumps out of him because he’s so confident.“The ball is his friend, it sticks to his foot. The more opportunities he gets, the better he’s going to become.”last_img read more