Stan Collymore believes that Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish is exactly what England boss Gareth Southgate needs in his team.
The Three Lions slipped to a surprise 2-1 away defeat against Czech Republic on Friday in a European Championship group stage qualifier, but they still sit top of their table.
After going in front early through Harry Kane’s penalty, they were instantly pegged back by a Jakub Brabec goal and substitute Zdenek Ondrasek scored an 85th minute winner for the hosts.
England were nowhere near their slick best in possession and offensively struggled to create too many chances.
Pundit Collymore insists that Grealish would be perfect for the national side is a creative role.
The 24-year-old is not in the squad unlike club teammate Tyrone Mings and won’t in contention on Monday against Bulgaria.
“Wonder if Gareth may go to three central defenders against Bulgaria, he likes the system generally. And Jack Grealish is tailor made for that 10 role for England,” Collymore wrote on his personal Twitter account.
Grealish has played for England at Under-21s level, but is yet to earn his first senior cap.
The attacking midfielder is back in the top-flight now with Villa and is renowned as a skilful individual that can dictate play from the centre of the park.
He is somebody that should come into Southgate’s plans if he performs at a high level and he’s got three goals plus three assists so far this season across all competitions.
Chelsea’s Mason Mount deserves his shot in the creative role for England and it’s too soon to write him off based on one performance against Czech Republic.
Meanwhile, Leicester City’s James Maddison is another to come into the fold and Grealish may need to be patient.