‘Down to me’ This is what Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish has been told about an England call-up
The wait for Jack Grealish’s England call-up goes on, but Gareth Southgate is still keeping an eye out.
Grealish had one of the better chances during the game with the Hammers, firing over from inside the box in the closing stages.
And the Villa skipper, by his own admission has not been at his best thus far, but the national team are still watching and monitoring him closely.
His claret and blue teammates Tyrone Mings and Tom Heaton were both included in Southgate’s latest squad, although both were unused subs – and Grealish is confident he will join them soon.
“I’m English, I was born in England,” he told The Sun.
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“The other week when Tyrone got called up, the manager just said to me, ‘I’ve been asked to pass on a message that you’re still being looked at, they’re going to keep monitoring your progress’.
“At the start of the season, I’ve shown a bit of stuff — but I’m nowhere near what I know I can produce.
“I was speaking to John [Terry] the other day and he was saying that even when he played, it always took him five or six games to get into the swing of things.”
Villa travel to Arsenal today and it gives the 24-year-old another opportunity to show his class in the top flight and continue to put himself in the mind of the national team’s boss.
“With us coming from the Championship, it’s a completely different kettle of fish. I’m sure over the season I’ll get better.
“I am captain of a Premier League team, I’m 24 years of age.
“It’s down to me. If I can perform to the level I know I can, I trust myself to get into that squad. This is my time.”