England slipped up over Grealish – Sherwood

Aston Villa

Former Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood believes England have made an error by not picking Jack Grealish for the current international break.

Although representing the Republic of Ireland from Under-17 to Under-21 level, Grealish chose to declare for England back in 2015 when he still had the option of representing the Irish.

However, the 24-year-old, who has played seven times for the Three Lions’ Under-21s, is yet to earn a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s senior side despite impressing for Villa over recent seasons.

Sherwood was in charge of Villa when Grealish made his international decision and since then the midfielder has been appointed the club’s captain, while also playing a key role in achieving promotion from the Championship via the play-offs last season.

It was thought the Birmingham-born star was close to being called up for the latest England squad but was once again overlooked by Southgate and the wait for international recognition continues.

Sherwood has been speaking about the latest rejection for Grealish and the ex-Villa boss believes the Three Lions have made an error in not involving the midfielder in the squad.

He said on talkSPORT: “You have two friendlies in March but I think it may be a bit late for Jack. I think we’ve missed a trick because this kid is special – 100 per cent they missed the boat on him.

“This kid, the ball’s his friend, he’s something different.”

Having been left out again, the chances of Grealish making England’s Euro 2020 squad look bleak at the moment, especially due to the fierce competition for places in his position.

Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Leicester City’s James Maddison and Chelsea duo Mason Mount and Ross Barkley are all ahead of the Villa skipper in the pecking order right now.

Villa return to domestic action on November 25 when they host Newcastle United, who have won their last two matches and are unbeaten in three.

Grealish will be hoping to make an impact in the game and prove his credentials ahead of next summer’s tournament.