The Aston Villa captain failed to make the cut and plenty of Villa Park faithful made their feelings known on Twitter.
A number of Aston Villa fans have expressed their dismay after Jack Grealish was once again overlooked by Gareth Southgate for the latest England squad.
In March this year, Southgate suggested that the Villa Park captain needed to be playing in the Premier League to be considered for his England senior debut (The Telegraph), a feat he has achieved as he helped Dean Smith’s side into the Championship playoffs and to Wembley victory.
It took Grealish a while to find his feet in the top flight following promotion, failing to make the cut for the games against Czech Republic and Bulgaria a month ago, but since then he has kicked on and is now in top form, even being nominated for October’s Premier League Player of the Month award.
Despite making a convincing argument for selection to the England contingent, the Football Association’s squad announcement revealed that, once again, he was not included – which has riled up plenty of Villa fans.
Two Villa players were picked by Southgate – Tyrone Mings and Tom Heaton – and the club proudly announced this on Twitter, but a lot of the claret and blue faithful couldn’t help but feel gutted for their captain:
The fact grealish hasn’t been called up is a joke— Kieran (@Kieran1874_) 7 November 2019
@MatKendrick Southgate carrying on the tradition of not selecting our great players. Dennis Mortimer & Gary Shaw to name two others— Andy Turnstile (@AndrewUllah) 7 November 2019
Is Jack still not fit? No excuses for him not being in the squad.— Khizar Jamil (@khizzy) 7 November 2019
And he is better than Sancho, Rashford and Hudon Odi.— ToneTravels (@ToneTravels) 7 November 2019
Shambles that Grealish hasn’t been called up— reegan (@reeganavfc) 7 November 2019
getting ridiculous now— Holly Romney (@HollyRomney2) 7 November 2019
Where’s jack— Fake (@JACKGREALlSH) 7 November 2019
You can imagine the pressure from the so called elite teams to pick their players, at the same time putting pressure on the likes of Grealish to seek a move to one of them in order to get in the squad. Should have stayed with Ireland— Phil B (@Bren67AVFC) 7 November 2019
Should be three!— Gary B (@GaryBolton91) 7 November 2019
well done lads but how the hell is Jack Grealish not in the squad??? It’s a mystery!— Richard Benbow (@RichardBenbow79) 7 November 2019
When asked about Grealish, Southgate is quoted by BBC Sport as replying: “Grealish is a very good player – I’ve watched him closely this season. The reality is he’s up against Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Callum Hudson-Odoi. If we have any issues with the squad I wouldn’t hesitate to call him up. He was very close and just has to keep playing the way he is.”
England host Montenegro on 14 November and play in Kosovo on 17 November, the Three Lions sitting top of Group A and need one more point to secure their place at Euro 2020.