Gareth Southgate’s blunt reason for Jack Grealish missing out on an England place: ‘Mason Greenwood’

National team coach had some tough calls to make this week when selecting his squad

Alex Pattle
Wednesday 26 August 2020 13:52
Comments
Gareth Southgate's Greatest Crystal Palace Goals

Gareth Southgate has revealed the reason why Jack Grealish did not make it into the England squad, which was announced on Tuesday.

Coach Southgate, who himself previously represented the national side, named Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse and Harry Winks as his midfielders ahead of England’s upcoming Nations League fixtures against Iceland and Denmark.

And when asked why Aston Villa captain Grealish – his club’s standout performer last season – missed out on a place in the squad, Southgate had the following to say.

“With Jack, the simple answer is Mason Greenwood.

“[Grealish is] competing in my view against Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Raheem Sterling.

“I know Villa have played him as an eight, but I don’t see him in that role for us.

“He could play as a 10, but we haven’t played with a 10. Also, some of those other players I’ve talked about would be very good 10s as well.

“He’s a talent, there’s no doubt about that, but I think Mason Greenwood’s performances, his goalscoring ability and maturity was impossible to leave out.”

Eighteen-year-old Greenwood, who is more of a forward, broke into Manchester United’s first team last term and netted 17 times.

Grealish, 24, has been linked with a move to United this summer after having helped to keep Villa in the Premier League on the final day of the season.

But momentum around the possible transfer has slowed in recent weeks, with the Old Trafford side prioritising a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Sancho – although that deal now looks unlikely to be completed this summer, too.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in