Ray Parlour tipped Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish to potentially win his first international cap for England next season.
The former Arsenal player shared that with the 23-year-old attacking midfielder set to be playing in the Premier League every week in his 2019/20 campaign due to the Villans winning promotion, he was confident Gareth Southgate will be looking how to fit him into his England squad.
“He’s got to be playing week-in-week out, which he will at Villa and play well and if he does then I’m sure Gareth Southgate will be looking at Jack Grealish to put him in the squad somehow,” said Parlour on talkSPORT (8:36am, Friday June 7th).
Alan Brazil then chimed in to point out that Harry Redknapp is a fan of Grealish, and even went as far as to say the former Spurs boss loved him.
“I’ll tell you who loves him, Harry Redknapp loves Grealish,” added Brazil.
Brazil’s comment just prompted Parlour to heap further praise on Grealish as the former Arsenal player went on to say that he was confident that Grealish has a massive future in the game and claimed the 23-year-old has the quality to do well in the Premier League.
“Y’know he is always on the ball, he keeps it simple, he can make things happen, he can find a killer pass when needs be, I think he certainly has a massive future, if he can handle the Premier League week-in, week-out, which he probably can as you look at the Championship and amount of games they have to play and he has done really well in the Championship,” added the former Arsenal player.
“I’m sure he can step up, he has the quality to step, maybe an England player in the future.”
England lost to the Netherlands 3-1 on Thursday and suddenly everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon that Grealish could be a player who could improve his nation’s fortunes. While normally everyone jumping on the same bandwagon seems like a bad idea, in this case, it makes a lot of sense. Grealish wowed in the second half of his 2018/19 campaign, he ended the season with six goals and eight assists, and played a major role in getting Dean Smith’s side promoted to the Premier League. Given that England are crying out for a creative spark to be added to their midfield, no wonder Grealish is being tipped to receive his first senior international cap in the near future. The 23-year-old oozes creativity and once he proves himself in the Premier League next season, although he has featured in the top-flight before, Southgate will surely be ringing Grealish’s phone non-stop in order to get him in his squad.