Former Aston Villa and Ireland star, Andy Townsend, believes Jack Grealish will have to be one of the first names on the teamsheet for England if he carries on as is.
Grealish has been in exceptional form for Villa this term and has been given the stage by Gareth Southgate in recent England games.
After initially being rejected as a starter by Southgate, Grealish seems to have convinced the England boss to give him his chance in the Three Lions midfield. It’s a chance has taken, too, with fine performances over the international break in the last fortnight.
And Townsend, who is something of a legend at Villa Park, believes Grealish will cement himself under Southgate from now on.
“I think it’s starting to get to the point where rather than a toss of the coin for Gareth Southgate where it’s shall I, shan’t I, but he’ll have to play Grealish,” Townsend said. (Goal)
“England can’t avoid him for much longer; he’s too good. The way that he can carry the ball, the way that he can travel across the ground, in international football you can’t just attack and defend. They have such great energy and pace and skill in the front line, but they don’t have anyone quite like Grealish. They would have better spells in games against better teams with him because he does keep the ball very well.”
Townsend was speaking about Grealish in relation to his England selection, having seen the Villa man slip the net when it came to the Republic of Ireland.
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Townsend is right with his comments here. Grealish is forcing the hand of Gareth Southgate to the point where the England boss would almost look silly by not selecting him.
But the Villa man did justify his selection in the last few weeks. Superb with the ball, a real threat in attack, and getting better week on week, the sky really looks the limit for Grealish this season.