Should Grealish be included in England’s Euro 2020 squad?
Jack Grealish has been impressing in the Premier League this season and there are shouts for the Villa captain to be included in England's Euro 2020 squad.
Grealish played a key role in getting Villa promoted last season as the West Midlands outfit overcame Derby County 2-1 in the Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium.
The 24-year-old scored six goals and registered the same number of assists from 31 league games. He has managed to keep that form going in the Premier League, netting three times and setting up four goals from 12 outings.
Despite earning huge praise, the midfielder has so far been overlooked by England manager Gareth Southgate, who will be keeping a close eye on potential options for his 2020 European Championship squad.
However, Grealish scored a stunning goal in Aston Villa’s 2-2 draw at Manchester United on Sunday and there have once again been calls for him to be given a chance to prove his worth on the international stage.
That performance has increased speculation he will leave the club in January and the Red Devils have been linked with a move in January.
When quizzed about a potential bid, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told reporters: “I can’t talk too much about other teams’ players, if they’re Man Utd calibre or targets.
“But fantastic goal, I think he hit one of them corners I hit a couple of times! It was a great finish but we should defend better, show him down the left. But what a goal and he played a good game.”
Based on the Three Lions’ last squad, the main competitors to the Villa skipper are Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chelsea’s Mason Mount and Leicester City James Maddison.
All three of those players have been in impressive form this season and are being tipped to earn a place in Southgate’s final squad for the major event, which will be co-hosted by 12 nations.
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has also returned to form, scoring three goals in as many games since Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino as manager last month.
However, Grealish just seems to have that something extra about him as shown on numerous occasions this term. To stop Villa, teams must nullify their captain but that is easier said than done.
The Birmingham-born star has a superb range of passing, can finish and is a creative influence, something England may need when it comes to the business end of the European Championship.
Southgate’s men have struggled at times to carve open higher level opposition and just having the option of Grealish on the bench would be a massive bonus to the Three Lions.
James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.