Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has heaped praise on Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.
The former goalscoring midfielder reckons it is only a matter of time before he forces his way into the England squad – something the Villa faithful have been clamouring for for weeks.
He said (Goal): “I think he’s doing it. He’s playing at a level now where he is obviously forcing himself into the argument. It’ll probably be a matter of time.
“I never want to tell Gareth what to do but his performances at the moment of a really high level.
“He’s a big threat for us and a fantastic player. His game has really come on. He is a joy to watch when he’s not against you because he moves so well with the ball. He’s a really good player.”
Grealish continued his brilliant form at the weekend against Manchester United by scoring a stunning goal at Old Trafford during a 2-2 draw.
TBR’s view – Could Lampard comments influence Southgate?
Perhaps subconsciously, Lampard’s rave review of Grealish could boost his prospects of a late England call from Southgate.
The odds are against him to make the European Championship squad, with just one more international break to come in March.
But if he keeps up his form, Southgate surely has to take a punt on the 24-year-old.