Eamon Dunphy has warned that remarks made by Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill have been unhelpful in convincing Jack Grealish to declare for the Republic of Ireland.

Grealish's international future remains the subject of much speculation.

The Aston Villa midfielder has played with Irish youth teams and is eligible to play for both Ireland and England but has declined a call-up to the senior Ireland squad, insisting that he wants to focus on his club football with Villa.

Speaking on RTÉ Television, Dunphy claimed that past statements from O'Neill where he stated that Grealish would not be ready for Ireland's crucial Euro 2016 qualifier with Scotland were unhelpful.

"We should be patient and hope he decides to play for Ireland," Dunphy said. 

"Roy Keane made a remark about his father which was unfortunate, sarcastic and would not have been proper conduct, it was intemperate.

"Martin O'Neill made a remark the day before the English FA Cup semi-final, saying that he thought the Scotland match would be too big for the lad.

"Well he played and was man-of-the-match in the semi-final, that was an ill advised remark.

"This is a good, promising young player. Remarks made by O’Neill and Keane have not been helpful to the cause of getting him to turn out for Ireland in my opinion," he added.

Richie Sadlier meanwhile claimed that he would be surprised in Grealish lines out for Ireland again and that he suspects the player will declare for England.

“It’s a huge decision that he has to make and if he’s unclear about it, he’s right to take some time to take as long as he needs to take it,” Sadlier said.

“I would suspect he’s made up his mind privately and he’s not going to be an Irish international again. I’m not sure why he would be unsure. He’s been part of the FAI scene for years so he knows what’s involved. He made the statement that he’s out of international football until September to concentrate on club football and he’ll be back for the Under-21s then; that doesn’t add up for me.

"I would be surprised if he plays for us again."