19-year-old Jack Grealish has turned down a Republic of Ireland call-up with the likely intent of delaying his final decision of what country he will represent.
Grealish has played for the Republic of Ireland youth setup, but is eligible to play for England having been born in Birmingham, and thus has turned down the opportunity to play for Ireland in the upcoming international window. Ireland manager Martin O’Neill, who had planned for Grealish to be in the squad, labeled the last-minute decision “disappointing.”
“Jack didn’t want to make up his mind at this stage,” O’Neill confirmed at the press conference announcing his squad for the upcoming matches in early June. Should Grealish wish to represent England, he would need to file a one-time switch with FIFA to do so.
“I’m sure that he could in the future (choose Ireland),” O’Neill said. “He didn’t want to make a decision now. I would have liked to have had him training with us for the week ahead of England game. That’s a disappointing aspect.”
Grealish made his Aston Villa debut last season, but burst onto the scene this year, truly making a statement under Tim Sherwood with a pair of impressive displays in FA Cup wins over West Brom and Liverpool, starting the latter and playing 84 mintues. Since that April 19 performance, he has started each of Aston Villa’s three Premier League games, playing the full 90 minutes in all three.
Republic of Ireland is preparing for a friendly against England on June 7 before they take on Scotland in a Euro 2016 qualification match five days later. Following those two matches, they don’t play again until September. O’Neill is already missing Everton’s Darren Gibson and Grealish’s Villa teammate Ciaran Clark due to injury. LA Galaxy attacker Robbie Keane was included in the squad despite a groin injury.
Real Monarchs scored three unanswered goals as they routed Louisville City 3-1 at Lynn Stadium to win their first ever USL Cup title.
Noah Powder’s goal in the 66th minute sealed the deal for the visitor’s, adding to the goals scored by defenders Erik Holt and Konrad Plewa in the first half.
Surprisingly enough, it was Lou City who got off to a superb start on Sunday night, though.
Only six minutes after the initial whistle, Lou City’s leading goalscorer, Magnus Rasmussen, scored the game’s first goal, breaking a record for the fastest goal in a USL Cup final.
The defeat brings an end to Lou City’s historic run of consecutive USL Cup-winning seasons.
On July 1, former Real Salt Lake defender, Jamison Olave, took over as the Monarchs interim coach following Martin Vasquez’s unexpected resignation.
TRANMERE, England — A footballer in England’s third tier reported being subjected to homophobic abuse from the stands, leading to police making one arrest.
Wycombe goalkeeper Ryan Allsop told the referee of the abuse at halftime of the League One soccer game at Tranmere as his team won 2-0.
Tranmere says it is very disappointed to learn of a homophobic comment made.
In a statement, Merseyside Police condemned abhorrent incidents.
Police Chief Inspector Jason Crellin added that “hate crime has no place in our communities, and not least at a showcase sporting event attended and watched by many people.”
Brazil became Under-17 world champions for a fourth time in dramatic fashion as Lazaro Vinicius Marques’ scored a 93rd-minute winner to edge Mexico 2-1 at Estadio Bezerrão on Sunday.
Brazil’s comeback started in the 84th minute when Kaio Jorge converted from the penalty spot, following VAR’s decision which ruled contact on the tournament’s Golden Ball winner, Gabriel Veron, inside the 18-yard box.
With Brazilian legends Ronaldo and Cafu in attendance, the host’s had the better of chances throughout the first 45 minutes. Without any luck, however, Brazil were unable to get the ball past Eduardo Garcia, instead hitting the bar on several occasions.
Then in the 66th minute, Mexico – winners of the tournament in 2005 and in 2011 – stunned the home crowd when Bronze Ball winner Eugenio Pizzoto’s cross into the box was headed into the back of the net by Bryan Alonso Gonzalez Olivan, breaking the deadlock between two sides that had met in the same game back in 2005.
What was going to be a stunning, underdog victory for El Tri, turned into a heartbreaking night for Marco “Chima” Ruiz and company.
Brazil, on the other hand, are now only one championship away from tying Nigeria’s record of five championships.
With their tickets already booked to next summer’s big tournament, France and Turkey picked up wins in Sunday’s Euro qualifying action, which saw defending champions Portugal clinch qualification.
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Albania 0-2 France
Albania opened their new, 22,500-seat stadium with a hard-fought loss against France.
Early on, Bayern Munich’s Corentin Tolisso gave the impression that the home fans were in for a long night at the inaugurating Air Albania Stadium, opening the score just eight minutes in with a well-placed header. In the 31st minute, an unfamiliar face, Leo Dubois, connected with Antoine Griezmann, who slotted the ball into the bottom-right corner. France finish the qualifiers leaders of Group H with 25 points. Throughout the 10 matches, the world champions lost only once, a 2-0 loss against Turkey.
Andorra 0-2 Turkey
Real Valladolid’s Enes Unal scored a first-half brace as Turkey coasted past Andorra 2-0. Turkey, who clinched a spot next summer after finishing Group H two points behind France, controlled possession and chances at goal.
Moldova 1-2 Iceland
Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the visitor’s second and winning goal in the second half, as Iceland walked away from Zimbru Stadium with a 2-1 win on Sunday.
With 19 points throughout 10 games, Rúnar Kristinsson and company felt five points short of qualifying directly for next year’s competition. That said, they’ll partake in the Euro 2020 playoffs, looking to squeeze their way in.
Luxembourg 0-2 Portugal
Serbia 2-2 Ukraine
Kosovo 0-4 England
Bulgaria 1-0 Czech Republic