Jack Grealish has recently spoken out to the media and has made an admission on his future at Aston Villa.
It is still uncertain whether he’ll stay at Villa Park for the 2019/20 season but that could all change if his club make a long awaited return to the Premier League, by winning the Championship playoffs.
Back in March, Gareth Southgate stated Grealish must be playing in the Premier League before he can be considered for an England call-up.
He said: “Jack worked with us in the U21s briefly.
“Although we can see the quality, when the evidence of the opponent is a different level, that’s where it’s hard to directly correlate what that’s going to look like at a level above.
“With Callum [Hudson-Odoi], he’s playing Europa League, he’s playing Premier League – that does make a difference.
“I’m not going to say we won’t pick a player from the Championship because that could happen but it’s far more difficult to assess his level.
“You see certain parts of the game but not others [in the Championship]. Not the physicality at times, nor the tactical discipline. That’s another level in the Premier League – the speed, the pace.
“He’s a player we know all about, he’s a player we track, but that last bit of evidence that could give you confidence to pick him at the moment we won’t see.
“But as an ex-Villa man, I hope it’s not too long before we do see it.”
Speaking to the Daily Mail though, Grealish said: “I can half understand that.
“He can’t really judge me against someone else in my position if they are playing against Manchester Uniteds every week and I’m playing in the Championship.
“I’m 23 now and I’m not getting any younger. I want to challenge myself, I’m desperate to play in the Premier League and I want to play for England.
“So for me personally, I think this is the year we’ve got to get promoted really.