Republic of Ireland Under-21 manager Jim Crawford is hoping to convince La Liga teenager John Joe Patrick Finn to reject the overtures of Spain and England and declare for Ireland. 

The 17-year-old is one of the hottest prospects in Spanish football after making his debut for Getafe in December but his international future is still uncertain. 

Finn qualifies to play for Ireland through his late father, who hailed from Ballyhaunis in Mayo, as well as his native Spain, England and Cameroon where his mother was born.  

While he faces stiff competition to win the youngster over, Crawford has been on a charm offensive and has held talks with Finn along with Stephen Kenny and Ireland U19s boss Tom Mohan. 

"We put together a presentation for John Joe and his mother was part of the call," Crawford said.

"We had a good chat with both of them and he was certainly blown away by the presentation that was put together and by what Stephen, Tom and I had to say. 

"We are certainly not going to rush him, but we have made contact. He was overwhelmed and he certainly had a big smile on his face. I'll be making contact with him in the near future to see if there has been any decision. 

"England U21s have made an approach and Spain U21s have made an approach. He is very well sought after, so all we can do is put our case forward and that’s certainly what we did. Again, the decision is in his hands. But to answer your question, yes, we made an approach." 

Finn has made six league appearances for Getafe now and while he has mostly been used as a substitute, he has still managed to impress Crawford.

"When you break it down, he has been getting eight minutes here, three minutes there, two minutes here. But he did play in the Copa del Rey for 90 minutes. I watched the game and he played well," the Under-21 boss said.

"He has been playing out on the right and the left in these games, but his most favourable position would be central midfield. We had a good chat about that and that’s where he’s happiest.

"If that’s where he’s happiest, we’d be prepared to bring him in and play him there."