Micah Richards believes that Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish is a “special” player and would like to see him involved around the England squad.
The 24-year-old has been in excellent form this campaign following his team’s return to the top-flight, but is still yet to represent England at senior level.
He’s played 22 games across all competitions so far this campaign, scoring eight goals and supplying six assists in return.
The attacking midfielder completed 90 minuets on Wednesday night, as Dean Smith’s side managed a 1-1 away draw against Leicester City in the first leg of the Carabao Cup.
Grealish put in a great shift as a left-winger in holding up possession for his team and he also showed a great work-rate.
Richards retired in 2019 after an injury-plagued career, but spent his final four years at Villa and got to play alongside Grealish and considers the playmaker to be a top-class talent
“Grealish has just got something special about him where he can make something happen at any time. I played with him and he does special things” Richards told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport.
“These (Grealish and James Maddison) are the players that English should be pushing.”
Grealish is understandably getting a lot of praise lately for his performances and the comparison with Leicester’s James Maddison continues to be a popular topic of discussion.
Villa fans can just be pleased that they have Grealish in their ranks and he’s definitely the key behind the club trying to avoid relegation in the Premier League.
He can impact games from central positions, but has mainly played on the left flank in recent weeks and he’s shown how dribbling is such an underrated skill he has.