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Published: 18:07 | 17/3/16

Fifa confirm Grealish England eligibility


Former Republic of Ireland Under-21 midfielder Jack Grealish is eligible to play for England after Fifa granted his request to swap associations.

The 20-year-old represented the Republic of Ireland, the birthplace of his grandfather, at every level up to the Under-21s but turned down a call-up to Martin O'Neill's senior squad last spring and in September confirmed his intention to play for England.

The Solihull-born midfielder is currently sidelined with an ankle injury and has not started for Villa since the 3-1 defeat to Sunderland on January 2, and does not feature in England manager Roy Hodgson's plans for Euro 2016.

He was also suspended in November by the club after falling out with Villa boss Remi Garde for a breach of club discipline following a visit to a Manchester nightclub just hours after a Premier League defeat to Everton in November.

A Fifa spokesman confirmed: “The Single Judge decided to accept the request of The Football Association and the player Jack Grealish based on art. 8 par. 1 in conjunction with art. 5 par. 3 of the Regulations Governing the Application of the FIFA Statutes.”

In other news, Tom Fox has resigned as chief executive of the club, citing a change in his role following a board restructuring as the reason for his decision.

"While I am supportive of where the board is trying to take the club, it is my feeling that given the changes they are making, it makes sense for me to seek another challenge," he said in a statement.

"I have accepted the board's invitation to remain available during a period of transition to ensure a smooth handover."

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