Aston Villa ace Jack Grealish would have been perfect in England’s 1-0 win over Iceland on Saturday, as the playmaker could have easily found Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho on the wings. That’s the opinion of Chris Sutton, who urged Gareth Southgate to give the midfielder a runout against Denmark.
Sterling netted a penalty as England beat Iceland away on Saturday.
The winger rolled his penalty down the middle in the 90th minute after winning the spot-kick by seeing his shot blocked by the arm of Sverrir Ingi Ingason.
England were unable to create too many chances before the late penalty, despite their impressive attacking options.
Grealish was left on the bench throughout the game, but is fancied to make his three Lions debut against Denmark on Tuesday.
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The Villa ace was given his first call-up as Marcus Rashford withdrew from the squad due to injury, but was forced to watch from the bench against Iceland.
And Sutton believes the playmaker, who is a target for Manchester United this summer, would have been the perfect player to put in the middle of midfield, as he would be able to link up with another United target – Jadon Sancho.
The Borussia Dortmund wonderkid has emerged as one of the first names on Southgate’s teamsheet in recent years, and put in a solid performance on the right wing.
Writing in his Daily Mail column, Sutton urged Southgate to give Grealish a chance in the team on Tuesday.
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“With 20 minutes to go, I would have liked to see Jack Grealish introduced,” he wrote.
“There was a lack of creativity coming from midfield.
“Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse is a good footballer and a nice passer, and Manchester City starlet Phil Foden was making his international debut.
“But while Iceland were sitting back, Grealish sat on the bench kicking his heels.
“The Aston Villa captain is capable of special things in tight areas and he would have backed himself to find Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho in those channels.
“At the Euros next summer, if Southgate stands by 4-3-3, you’d expect the front three to be Sterling, Kane then one of either Marcus Rashford or Sancho.
“They need to be supported by creativity in midfield.
“Teams can try to stifle you, as Iceland did on Saturday evening, and that’s when you need someone who can unlock doors. Grealish is of that ilk.”
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