Garth Crooks believes Jack Grealish has a serious case for an England call-up next month.
In his ‘Team of the Week’ feature on BBC, Crooks said Grealish was ‘kicking’ Gareth Southgate’s door down. Grealish has been overlooked so far but his performances have been exceptional lately.
Grealish was the architect behind Aston Villa’s recent win over Brighton. After going 1-0 down, Grealish captained Villa to a comeback victory and he directly contributed to both goals.
The 24-year-old scored the equaliser after Aaron Mooy was sent off for the visitors. Then, deep into stoppage time, Grealish set Matt Targett up to score the winner. Crooks believes Southgate needs to start considering the Aston Villa star for England.
Crooks on Grealish’s England chances
After selecting Grealish in his Premier League ‘Team of the Week’, Crooks wrote about his international hopes. He said:
“It took a special performance from Jack Grealish to turn this game from defeat to victory – England manager Gareth Southgate watched this match and must have been impressed.
“I said the last time I selected the Villa captain for my team of the week that he was knocking on the international door. Now he’s kicking it down.”
Grealish can feel aggrieved that he was snubbed for the last England squad – especially after James Maddison and Fabian Delph dropped out. Grealish has that creative spark that could have helped England against Czechia.
Southgate knows Grealish well and has been keeping his tabs on him for a while. Last year, he challenged Grealish to prove his consistency in the Premier League. Now that he is doing that, an England call-up must be around the corner.