Jack Grealish has openly discussed his ambitions of being called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad one day, while also admitting he sees himself as a more central midfielder.
His form has seen calls intensify about a potential call up to the England squad for next months friendlies against Italy and Denmark, a situation Grealish often thinks about.
“I can’t help but think of playing for England because that is what I want to do,” he told the Express and Star. “I hope I have done enough (to get a call-up) but I also think I can perform better and that is the God’s honest truth.
“People on the outside might say I am doing well, but I know for a fact I can do better and score more goals and get more assists.”
Grealish has been utilised on the left-wing for Dean Smith’s side this season, a position in which Gareth Southgate is already well-stocked, though the 24-year-old has admitted that he actually prefers playing more centrally.
“What will be hard at the moment is with the position I am playing in at the moment, people would probably say I am playing as a winger.
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“If you look at England’s wingers, I doubt I would have much of a chance of starting in front of Sterling, Sancho and Rashford, who are all unbelievable players!
“I’ve always said my favourite position would be playing in midfield. That is where I would love to play for England.
“It is where I would want to play for Villa, but it just so happens at the moment I am playing well in the position I am in and it is better for the team.
“If I was fortunate enough to get a call-up, the position I would want to play is in midfield.”
“Of course it’s nice, who doesn’t like to be talked about in a nice way? But, to be honest, I try and take everything with a pinch of salt,” he admitted.
“I had it all five years ago when I broke through and I was getting talked about a lot. I was 19 years old, going online reading about myself and I couldn’t believe it. I was in the papers all the time and they were asking: ‘Is this the new big thing?’
“Then just one thing goes wrong and it all comes down on you like a ton of bricks. It is nice to read and nice to listen to, but I don’t let it get to me too much, because I know how quickly it can change.”
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