Aston Villa coach John Terry has admitted he wishes John McGinn was English rather than Scottish, The Scottish Sun reports.
The 14-cap Scotland international scored Aston Villa’s second goal in the play-off final. With the game ending 2-1, this proved to be the difference.
It was the ex-Hibernian midfielder’s ninth goal in a fruitful first season in England. He also registered 12 assists and was one of the standout performers for the Villans this season.
Terry, who hung up his boots last summer to take a full-time coaching role at Villa Park, raved about McGinn. He wishes he was English so he could break into the Three Lions squad.
As reported by The Scottish Sun, the former England captain said: “Do I wish John was English? Yes, and I wish he was playing at Wembley more. That would be good. John is superb. Jack Grealish gets all the headlines, but it’s the work John does.
“You see him day in, day out and it’s how he trains and how he plays. He’s a great pro and a great lad. There’s just a great spirit among all the boys. He and Jack get on really well, on and off the pitch. You can see it when they’re playing. John is capable of playing like that in the Premier League.”
McGinn’s next challenge will be to step up to the Premier League. The 24-year-old showed plenty of promise in the Championship and he has an exciting future at Villa Park.