Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish is finally getting his first call-up to the England squad.
Words: Regan Foy | @findfoy
Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish is finally getting the international recognition that he deserves, as he has today been called up to the England squad for the first time.
Confirmation from the FA is expected later this afternoon.
Jack was predicted to be called up in late 2019, but missed out through injury, and was expected to be called up for the Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark before the start of the Premier League season – but looked to have missed out as Mason Mount, Mason Greenwood and more were given call-ups.
Aston Villa fans were unhappy with England manager Gareth Southgate’s ignorance of Jack Grealish, who had scored more goals and assisted more goals than any other English midfielder last season in a struggling Aston Villa side.
He had also created the most chances in the league behind Kevin De Bruyne, dribbled the furthest and won the most free-kicks – putting him far ahead of any other midfielder called-up initially.
Grealish will now join up with Aston Villa team-mate Tyrone Mings as England look to make a strong start against Scandinavian opposition in their Nation’s League Group.
It is likely his call-up has come following the drop-out of Marcus Rashford, as well as worries surrounding Chelsea and Manchester United players – with both clubs seeing COVID-19 outbreaks amongst their ranks, causing players to self isolate.
Jack will join up with the England squad in the coming days and will finally have the opportunity to prove himself on the International stage, should he start or make an appearance off the bench.