Former Premier League footballer Jamie Redknapp has called for Jack Grealish to be called up to Gareth Southgate’s next England squad after helping to secure a point for Aston Villa at the weekend.
Grealish’s 75th-minute equaliser saw him cancel out Leandro Trossard’s opener for Brighton as Villa remained within touching distance of those outside of the drop zone. Writing in his weekly column for the Daily Mail, Redknapp argued that the midfielder’s consistency in a struggling team shows the class of the 24-year-old, and that he should be given a chance in England’s upcoming friendlies against Italy and Denmark.
He said: “This March, Jack Grealish has to get his shot. He may not be a Euro 2020 starter – that is a debate for another day – but he deserves to be in that squad for the friendlies against Italy and Denmark. The Aston Villa captain should be mixing with the big boys because that is the level he is operating at. In 2019-20, Grealish has scored nine goals and assisted six, and let us not forget he is doing all of this in a side scrapping for survival.
“The Premier League is full of quick players, but this guy has that little bit extra in the tank. He can score with his right or his weaker left foot, as shown against Brighton, and has tremendous balance. Grealish has grown up. He suits the Villa armband and it is time we saw him with three lions on his chest.”
Given Grealish’s exploits this season, it certainly seems as though an international call-up is warranted – with the midfielder contributing more goals to his side than the likes of Dele Alli and James Maddison this term.
His seven goals and five assists in the top flight this year account for almost half of Villa’s 29 goals – with every one that arrives between now and the end of the season likely to be precious to Dean Smith as they bid to escape the drop.
That he has outshone his competition for a potential England spot suggests he is surely in the running for a place, especially with March’s friendly fixtures representing a chance for Southgate to experiment ahead of the finals.
Redknapp is hardly alone in bigging-up Grealish’s international chances, so surely it is only a matter of time before he enters Southgate’s plans – if he hasn’t already.
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