Report: Aston Villa star earns call-up to the England squad – originally posted on Sportslens.com
According to The Daily Telegraph, Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has been called up to Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad following a number of recent withdrawals.
The 24-year-old was omitted from last week’s squad, with the England manager stating that he sees others being ahead of him in the attacking midfield position.
The Villa star will now link up with the rest of the squad today as preparations for the Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark get underway.
A confirmation is expected in a Football Association statement this afternoon, and Grealish could be making his Three Lions debut in the coming days, five years after choosing to represent his country having featured for the Republic of Ireland junior teams.
The omission of the Villa skipper from last week’s squad was widely criticized by many after he helped Dean Smith’s secure Premier League safety last season, scoring eight goals and assisting six others in 36 games.
Grealish was also nominated for the EPL Young Player of the Season award as a result, and while that wasn’t initially enough to convince Southgate, the midfielder will hope to impress in England training and during the coming Nation League games if given a chance.