Gary Neville identifies ‘problem’ Jack Grealish will have to enter England


Gary Neville has revealed that Jack Grealish would have a ‘problem’ entering the England squad if they continue to play with a back three.

But the Aston Villa captain began Sunday’s huge clash with Belgium in the Nations League on the bench.

Neville told Sky Sports that it would be difficult for Grealish to make his way through Gareth Southgate’s top eleven while they play 3-4-3.

“I think there is a little problem for Jack Grealish,” he began with Daily Star.

“If you stick to a 3-4-3, he wouldn’t be one of those two midfielders in the middle against the big teams.

When you look at the top three you have [Jadon] Sancho, [Marcus] Rashford, [Raheem] Sterling, [Harry] Kane, [Dominic] Calvert-Lewin and more. Where would he get in there?

“He’s talented, he earned his place in the team and I thought he was brilliant the other night.

“But this system bothers him. If it was 4-3-3 or 3-5-2, you might see him play a little bit more in that system. “

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Jamie Redknapp then stepped in and said he believed Southgate would have a different role for the 25-year-old.

“He played so well, I was so impressed with him,” he added.

“But it didn’t surprise me [that he was not chosen to start vs Belgium.] We know he can do it at that level. He can do it in the Premier League.

“He can give you a whole different problem when you play against him because he’s a dribbler.

“When someone takes the ball and runs at you, it’s so hard for them to be stopped.

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“He may not start every game, but he showed Gareth he can play at this level and he pulls out if necessary for 20-25 minutes.

“I would have liked to see him play today, I have to admit, but it’s a great opportunity for the other players. I have the impression that there is a bit of competition in there. “

England are currently tied 1-1 with Belgium at halftime.

Romelu Lukaku scored a penalty after being dragged by Eric Dier into the box.

The Three Lions then fired back with a penalty from Marcus Rashford, after Thomas Meunier fouled Jordan Henderson with a corner kick.


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