Former Premier League ace Jermaine Jenas has said that it would be embarrassing, should Jack Grealish miss out on the England squad for Euro 2020. The 24-year-old has yet to make his debut for the Three Lions but he has made a strong case for a call-up next month after his consistent showing for Aston Villa in the top-flight.
The Villains have not had the best of seasons on their Premier League comeback but Grealish has managed to catch the attention of fans and pundits alike with his tally of seven goals and six assists. His performances have contributed to the Villains staying just above the drop zone and Jenas believes the midfielder has matured into a much better footballer.
England international Marcus Rashford has said that the Three Lions pose a genuine threat to their opponents with their frightening group of attackers. Gareth Southgate’s side recently qualified for the Euro 2020 finals with relative ease and during the qualifying phase, they managed to score a staggering 37 goals from just eight matches.
Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling have been alone responsible for 20 of those goals and Rashford predicts the Three Lions will have a successful tournament next summer, he told: “I think it is a good combination. But we have played games without that particular front three and it is frightening what we can do as a group of attackers.I think all of these games are just gearing you up for the summer and if we go into the summer anywhere near the sort of form we have been in recently then it will be a successful tournament.”
Gareth Southgate has claimed that he has no intention of quitting the England job irrespective of the Euro 2020 performances. He has outlined his vision to stay in charge of the national team until the World Cup 2022 in Qatar. England were able to secure a place in the Euro 2020 after beating Montenegro 7-0. The team was also able to complete the qualification campaign in style after beating Kosovo with a 4-0 score. The national team was able to reach the semifinals of the previous World Cup and they have also been able to comfortably qualify for Euro 2020.
Southgate has also lowered the age of the national team squad during a difficult transitional period. The successes achieved under his regime mean that England will be one of the favourites at the Euro 2020, according to Southgate. The former Middlesbrough manager says that things could change swiftly if the national team perform well in the finals. Irrespective of the Euro 2020 performance, so it plans to stay in charge until the World Cup concludes. It will be a different World Cup since it will be held in the winter to combat the extreme heat in Qatar. During the recent qualifiers, England were able to have more debuts to players like Fikayo Tomori.
Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman is confident that his team can qualify for the European Championship next year. Mick McCarthy’s side had the chance to strengthen their hold at the top of their qualifying group but they could not do so after Georgia held them to a frustrating 0-0 draw on the road.
As a result, the Republic are equal on points with second-placed Denmark but they can’t rest on their laurels with Switzerland four points behind them, having played an extra game less. Speaking in a press conference, Coleman expressed confidence over the team’s ability and said that they are capable of securing a big result against either Switzerland or Denmark.
Everton manager Marco Silva has said that the Toffees need to find the defensive resolve from the backend of the previous campaign. The Merseyside giants made a strong end to last season to finish eighth on the table and that was partly down to the defence which kept 13 clean sheets from the final 13 Premier League matches.
The Toffees begun the current season in the same fashion with successive shutouts but the floodgates have since opened with the club conceding seven goals from the past three league games. Speaking in a press conference, Silva acknowledged that the defensive record has become a concern and he is optimistic that the team can retain the same solidity from the second half of the 2018/19 season.
Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish remains optimistic that he can break into the England squad following a discussion with assistant manager John Terry. The likes of Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Mason Mount and James Maddison have been preferred ahead of Grealish for the attacking midfield role with the Three Lions but the 24-year-old believes he can make the breakthrough ahead of next summer’s European Championship.
In a report covered by Evening Standard, Grealish acknowledged that there are a number of young players, who are currently playing in his position for the national side and he faces plenty of competition. The versatile midfielder added that he is backing himself to make the cut through a consistent run of performances in the Premier League this term.