Gareth Southgate announced his 24-man squad for the Three Lions’ upcoming Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark on Tuesday and there were several eyebrows raised when Grealish wasn’t named in it.
It came as a surprise because the creative midfielder had a brilliant season on his return to the Premier League, scoring 10 goals and grabbing eight assists, as he played a vital role in keeping Villa in the league and dragged them to a Carabao Cup final.
In fact, only Kevin De Bruyne (136) created more chances than Grealish (91) throughout the season. Not bad for a player at a team struggling at the bottom end of the table for the entire campaign.
The Villa captain is one of United’s top targets this summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to enhance his attacking arsenal with the signing of a playmaker.
United fans believe that Grealish’s latest snub from the England squad should be a big incentive for him to want to make the move to Manchester, to help him finally get his first England cap.
Meanwhile, teenage striker Mason Greenwood has earned his first call up to the England squad after a fine debut season for United, in which he scored 17 goals.
Harry Maguire is also in the squad, despite the centre-back’s involvement in an ongoing court case in Greece, along with Marcus Rashford and goalkeeper Dean Henderson.