Former Premier League manager Ian Holloway believes it is time that Jack Grealish was called up to the England squad – even in light of the recent good form of Dele Alli.
The likes of Grealish and Alli were among those who missed out on Gareth Southgate’s most recent squad as England confirmed their place at Euro 2020, with Holloway at a loss to explain why the Aston Villa man in particular has been overlooked to this point.
Discussing the chances of Grealish and Alli breaking into the squad on TalkSPORT, Holloway believes Grealish’s talents deserve recognition on the international stage.
He said: “I think he’s fantastic. I don’t want to bang his drum too much, but how we are overlooking him for that England lot, I’m reading their names and Jack – get in there, mate.
“I don’t think they have [left it too late to make the squad], I think Jack Grealish is so underrated, it’s unbelievable.
“I’ve always loved Dele Alli, and I’m loving what [Jose] Mourinho’s doing with him but for me, Jack Grealish – get in that team.”
Given Alli’s existing international experience and recent impressive form (with three goals in his last two games), the fact that Holloway holds Grealish in greater esteem demonstrates just how highly the ex-Crystal Palace boss rates him.
Grealish has netted five times since Villa’s promotion, with only Wesley scoring more often for Dean Smith’s side in the Premier League as the 24-year-old has shown few signs of being out of his depth at the top level.
Though Southgate may be well aware of his fine performance, he put Grealish’s omission down to the fact he has most recently taken up a role on the left wing, with rivals such as Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford difficult to dislodge at present.
Considering his versatility, it could be argued that he remains an option for the Three Lions, though being shifted out wide may be harming his international prospects regardless of his performance levels.
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