🇮🇪 Ireland boss Stephen Kenny on losing Jack Grealish, Declan Rice to England
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🇮🇪 Ireland boss Stephen Kenny on losing Jack Grealish, Declan Rice to England

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny has insisted that the side has made peace with Declan Rice and Jack Grealish pledging their respective international allegiances to England.

West Ham's Rice and Aston Villa skipper Grealish are part of The Three Lions' squad ahead of Thursday's friendly against Ireland.

Rice made only three senior appearances for Ireland while Grealish featured for the U21 team before they agreed to play for England exclusively.

Kenny via The Herald was asked what he felt about not having the quality of the two players in his squad and he insisted that the pair are incredibly talented but he has to focus on the future.

"I think obviously they are both very good players. I'm very happy with some of the players we have. We have a lot of talent coming through," Kenny said.

"I can't worry about other players that could have been part of the equation. We can't really dwell on that from our point of view.

"We have to look forward and see what players are coming through and what other players emerge.

"Well, I think you can't make promises you can't fulfil. What we can do is try to make the environment at all ages, all levels, as professional as possible, make sure there's a clear pathway between the Under-15s and the senior international team."

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