Kevin Kilbane says he’s “disappointed” with Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish’s decision to play for England rather than the Republic of Ireland.
The former Everton midfielder Kilbane explains why playing for the Republic of Ireland was the obvious decision for him, despite being born in Preston.
Alongside Mark Chapman, former Leicester striker Steve Claridge and the BBC’s senior football reporter Ian Dennis, Kilbane says he turned down the chance to play for England at youth level, and says he would’ve traded “100 caps for England” if it meant he would play for Ireland.
“I might never have played for England at senior level,” said Kilbane. “But that is how I felt at age 16 and 17. That was always going to be my decision.”