Michael Owen has told Robbie Savage’s Breakfast Show on BBC Sport that he was surprised that Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish was overlooked by Gareth Southgate for the upcoming international break.
Grealish, 24, has been in stunning form for Aston Villa this season, scoring four goals and creating four assists for the Midlands outfit in just 12 appearances – all while wearing the captain’s armband for the newly-promoted side.
Many have called for Grealish to be included in England’s side, who take on Montenegro on Thursday at Wembley before travelling to Kosovo, tasked with improving on their recent 5-3 win at Southampton.
Southgate has placed his faith in the likes of Everton’s Fabian Delph, Chelsea’s Ross Barkley and Leicester City’s James Maddison. Asked about overlooking Grealish, Owen stated he was surprised but claims his time will come.
TBR’s view – Should Grealish have been called up by England?
Grealish is a number 10. He does not play in holding midfield, or out wide. Many pundits have recently claimed that Grealish should have been in the squad instead of the likes Delph, Harry Winks or Jordan Henderson – but he is a different position.
The only kind of player that is above Grealish in the England squad – in is a similar position – is Chelsea’s Barkley and Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The latter has been in excellent form, and deserved to be in the squad.
However, Barkley has been nowhere near the form of Grealish and the Villa playmaker should have been picked ahead of the ex-Everton star.