Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith had this to say about Jack Grealish’s England snub
Dean Smith has backed Jack Grealish to mount an irrefutable case for an England call up.
Chelsea rookie Mason Mount and Leicester starlet James Maddison have been tipped for selection ahead of next month’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.
For now Grealish is on the outside looking in but Smith says Gareth Southgate will soon see what he sees every day in training.
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“That’s down to Gareth Southgate,” the Villa boss said, “If he deserves one or not, he’s not in control if he gets chosen for the squad.
“All he can concentrate on is performances. If he keeps playing the way he did in the second half against Bournemouth he’ll soon get noticed. He’s a terrific talent and thankfully we’ve got at this football club. He’s getting better and better.
“I’m sure when he hit top form he’ll be in contention. He thrives on pressure. He’s a really top player. Unfortunately others only see it once a week.”
Pundits – and former Villa players – Steve Sidwell and Curtis Davies, both agree that Grealish is on the verge of an international call-up, but there are things holding him back.
Sidwell, speaking on Sky Sports’ Debate show, said: “Not quite yet, great question. Another great talent, he started off in the Premier League and obviously he’s got that record that’s going against him at the minute, 20 games that he’s not had a win, which is just ridiculous.
“But what he brings to the table is very similar to Maddison and Mount.”
Davies was more positive: “I think if he played, no disrespect, if he played in England’s side I think we’d see the very best of him,” he said.
“I think he’s that player that when he’s allowed to be a bit more off the cuff and roam around, he is a top player. As he is showed in the Championship.
“At Villa at the moment they are not a side that are going to have that much possession in games and things like that, for him to be able to stroll around and do what he wants. But he’s a top, top quality player.”