Former Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood believes that Jack Grealish should be one of the three midfielders in England’s starting 11 at the moment.
The 24-year-old has so far been overlooked by Gareth Southgate, who didn’t include him in their latest squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Montenegro and Kosovo, a decision Sherwood can’t seem to fathom.
The former Villa boss believes that the Three Lions are missing a trick by not using the former Notts County loanee, and insists that he is good enough to start for his country.
Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT, Sherwood said: “100% England have missed the boat on Jack Grealish.”
“We have missed the trick because this kid is special. I’d play Mount & Grealish either side of Winks at the moment.”
Grealish has done well so far in the Premier League and has started in 10 of Villa’s league outings, scoring two goals and providing three assists (Transfermarkt).
He is certainly pushing for a place in the England squad, but he still has some way to go to become a regular starter for the Three Lions.
There are a lot of talented midfielders currently ahead of him in the pecking order, and one of those is James Maddison who himself cannot get a start for his country despite being outstanding in the Premier League for the last 15 months.
Indeed the Leicester City man created more goalscoring opportunities than anyone in the English top-flight last season (Leicester Mercury), and has made a great start to the current campaign with four goals and two assists to his name in just 11 appearances (Transfermarkt).
It should, therefore, be Maddison who breaks into the England starting line-up as the creative midfielder in the near future, as he has been performing at the top level for quite a lot longer than Grealish.
That said, the Aston Villa man should definitely be in contention for a place in the squad for Euro 2020 if he keeps his strong performances up until the end of the season.
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