Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has Birmingham Live that Jack Grealish will be on a mission to earn an England call-up after missing out on selection for the forthcoming qualifiers.
The 23-year-old was touted with a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s squad during his splendid run of form which eventually led to Villa being promoted to the Premier League.
Defender Tyrone Mings has been called into the squad but Grealish is forced to wait patiently for his first chance to impress.
Smith believes the £35,000-a-week (Spotrac) star will be hurting inside and will now be more determined than ever.
He told Birmingham Live: “I think he’s disappointed because his ambition is to play in the full England team. He’s certainly not far away and he’s knocking on the door. The England setup will be monitoring him closely.
“I said last year he was too good for the Championship and now he’s finding his feet in the Premier League. He’s certainly getting better in each Premier League game.”
Smith clearly backs Grealish to become an England international in the future and he will hope that he continues to improve for Villa.
The boss feels he knows why the trickster has perhaps been overlooked for the current squad named by Southgate.
He continued: “I think the position that Jack’s in there’s a lot of good players in that position as well, scoring and making assists for their team in the Premier League.
“He’s got a bit more competition than the likes of Tyrone and Tom. I’m sure he’ll get through that competition soon.”
TBR Verdict – Grealish destined for England
He might not have made the cut this time around but one way or another Grealish is destined for an England cap.
It will quite simply prove impossible for Southgate to continue to overlook him if he continues his current form.
Jesse Lingard has made the cut despite not having produced the goods for quite some time and seeing him earn a place must irritate Grealish somewhat.
All the 23-year-old can do is keep proving himself each and every week with Villa and before he knows it the caps will begin to flow.