Stan Collymore says he would have Jack Grealish in the next England squad if it were up to him and shared what he told him after his most recent Three Lions snub.
Collymore was impressed with Grealish’s performance in Villa’s 2-1 win over Brighton on Saturday and believes he has nothing to fear from his potential international rivals.
He said in the Daily Mirror: “No player was more influential for his team over the weekend than Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish. I sent him a message after the last England games saying there’s nothing for him to fear in terms of his rivals for the national team.
“James Maddison is probably ahead of him in the queue and Mason Mount as well. But if you put Grealish in any environment at club level or for his country he would make things happen for those ahead of him, and I’d have him in the next Three Lions squad all day long.”
TBR’s View – Grealish’s maverick style may be putting Southgate off
Many people will look at England’s lack of a reliable creator and Grealish’s absence from the squad and be unable to square the two.
But in truth, Gareth Southgate has tended to prefer hard-working, disciplined central midfielders in the more advanced roles, with the focus on keeping the ball and pressing.
Grealish is unpredictable, which is great in his free role at Villa, but may not fit into England’s more disciplined approach. That would go some way to explaining his continued absence, along with James Maddison’s prolonged wait for his first cap.