Jack Grealish, who has been the subject of continuing speculation about his international future, has been included in the Ireland Under-21 squad to face Germany.

Boss Noel King named the 18-year-old Aston Villa midfielder in his panel for the final game of the UEFA U21 Championships Qualifying Group Six on Friday, 5 September.

“We all know that Martin O’Neill spoke to Jack about his long-term intentions,” said King after the Ireland boss revealed that Grealish could opt to declare for England.

“These are big decisions for any boy. He’s happy to play for us at this time and we’re happy to accommodate him.

“We all know that Martin O’Neill spoke to Jack about his long-term intentions."

“He’s always done very well for us and hopefully he’ll realise his potential. Everybody knows his talent and he gets on very well with the rest of the lads in the group.

“Martin has already taken the likes of Shane Duffy, Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick who are still eligible for in his squad and that’s part of the job with the U21s.

“If Jack is the next one to progress to the senior international team we’ll be delighted for him.

“Development is important at this age group but so is winning games and trying to qualify for tournaments. That’s very important too and we want to try and qualify from the next campaign.”

Squad: Ian Lawlor (Manchester City), Justin Merz (Karlsruher SC), Shane Griffin (Reading), Sean Long (Reading), Pierce Sweeney (Reading), Thomas Hoban (Watford), Jack Connors (Dagenham & Redbridge), Sean Kavanagh (Fulham), Mason Watkins-Clark (Stoke City), Bradley Lewis (Aston Villa), Kieran Sadlier (West Ham Utd), Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Jack Byrne (Manchester City), Bradley Garmston (West Bromwich Albion), Kenneth McEvoy (Tottenham – on-loan to Peterborough Utd), Sam Byrne (Everton), Conor Wilkinson (Bolton Wanderers).