England manager Southgate to check on Grealish before naming squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers

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England manager Gareth Southgate to check on Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish before naming squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers

  • England boss Southgate plans to watch Grealish against Everton on Friday night
  • He names squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo next week
  • The Aston Villa midfielder has represented Republic of Ireland at Under-21 level

Jack Grealish will have the opportunity to gatecrash England manager Gareth Southgate’s plans when he takes on Everton on Friday night.

The Aston Villa midfielder will be in Southgate’s focus, with the national team boss and his No 2 Steve Holland due to be at Villa Park for the clash against the Toffees.

Grealish, who has represented the Republic of Ireland at Under-21 level, has long been tipped to make the international breakthrough but is yet to feature in a senior squad.

England boss Gareth Southgate plans to watch Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish in action

England boss Gareth Southgate plans to watch Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish in action

His performances for Villa last season caught the eye, but Southgate – as a general rule – is reluctant to select players who aren’t playing top-tier football.

But with Grealish now back in the Premier League, the 23-year-old will have the opportunity to impress Southgate, who is finalising his squad for England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.

His team-mate Tyrone Mings will also be monitored by Southgate and Holland.

The 23-year-old midfielder has long been tipped to make the international breakthrough

The 23-year-old midfielder has long been tipped to make the international breakthrough

The defender has impressed since joining Villa, initially on loan, last season.

The fact he is a left-footer, who can play at centre-back, will work in his favour with Southgate keen to add balance to his defence.

Friday’s clash will also give Southgate an opportunity to check on Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane, who are virtually certain of being included in the next England squad, which will be announced on Thursday.

 

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