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Although Tim Sherwood’s time at Aston Villa did not quite work out as the 50-year-old might have wished, the former Villa boss has been revealing his thoughts on Jack Grealish and the England set-up.
Speaking to Alan Brazil on talkSPORT, Sherwood said:
“For me, England have missed the boat with Jack Grealish. I think he should have been in the squad over the last few games and with only two friendlies in March, I think it might be a bit late for Jack.
“This kid is something different, the ball is his friend – 100 per cent they missed the boat on him.
“I love Mason Mount, he’s got goals and runs without the ball and gets himself in the area, and I like James Maddison, he’s got great awareness, can see a pass and has started adding goals to his game.
“But Jack takes the ball to the opposition, he goes right to the heart of people, he dribbles it like Paul Gascoigne, although he’s got a long way to go before he’s anywhere near Paul Gascoigne.
Having started the 2019/20 campaign in impressive form, calls for Aston Villa’s captain Grealish to be included in the England squad have been growing in momentum.
The midfielder has scored two goals and registered three assists in 10 league appearances for the newly-promoted side, but Southgate has continued to omit the playmaker from the Three Lions’ squad, despite admitting he has been on the cusp of selection.
As Sherwood alludes to, England have a number of promising attacking midfield talents in their ranks including the likes of Mason Mount and James Maddison, but the form Grealish is exhibiting would have more than justified a call-up, yet the 24-year-old has been unable to gain the full trust of the England boss.
With Euro 2020 on the horizon and Grealish yet to be selected in a squad by Southgate, it would appear that the Villa man is currently unlikely to be featuring in the finals next summer, and the Three Lions could well rue not selecting such a talented playmaker who is currently in excellent form.
Having also called upon Ross Barkley recently and taken Ruben Loftus-Cheek to the World Cup last summer, Southgate was always going to face tough decisions over who England’s No.10 should be. However, he might just have made the wrong call.