Jack Grealish gets first England call up following Rashford's injury
Aston Villa's midfielder Jack Grealish handed his first England call up by Gareth Southgate. Grealish is to replace Manchester United's Marcus Rashford following his ankle injury.
Grealish was earlier omitted in the squad that will face Denmark and Iceland in the Euro qualification game after having a successful season with Aston Villa in the just concluded 2019/2020 season in the Premier League.
But Rashford's injury has earned him an opportunity to be included in the squad. Southgate also defended his decision of leaving the 24-year-old midfielder out of the squad in the first stage, explaining that there are other exceptional players ahead of him in the team.
"Well, the difficulty for Jack is Mason Greenwood, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford", the England head coach explained reasons for dropping him out of the squad.
Jack Grealish will give Gareth Southgate more options as he sees him not only as a midfielder but also a winger
"We’ve got incredible players in those positions. We’ve got competitions for places. Those four have either been with us for a long time and have been exceptional in their performances for us in terms of Marcus and Raheem.
Jadon is just breaking through, everybody is aware of his potential and Mason Greenwood’s goalscoring record and performances with Manchester United were outstanding. We’ve got players like Callum Hudson-Odoi as well.
I know, at times, Villa plays Jack as a midfield player, that’s not where I see him in the way that we play. So with us, he would be a wide player or a No.10 and I think we’ve got players at the moment that deserve to be in just ahead of him".
Grealish will be hoping to get an opportunity from the manager to earn his trust.
However, Marcus Rashford has taken to his Twitter account to express his disappointment after sustaining an ankle injury that rules him out of the squad for the upcoming two games against Denmark and Iceland this week.
"Gutted, never want to let this team down but these fixtures just came a little too soon for me", Rashford tweeted.
"I tried my best but I have to focus on starting the season at my strongest for club and country. Good luck boys, I’ll be cheering you on from home".
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