Jose Mourinho has told talkSPORT that England needs to ‘find a place’ for Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish.
The Villa man was an unused substitute during England’s 1-0 win over Croatia in their Euro 2020 opener on Sunday.
That game required different personnel, hence why the boyhood Villa fan wasn’t used, but it’s going to be a different ball game against Scotland.
And ahead of that Friday clash with the old enemy, Mourinho has said he would like to see him in the starting XI.
“I feel that the decision of the coaching staff to play Sterling or Rashford, one of these guys was probably the correct decision,” said Mourinho.
“Harry needs this kind of players where he moves. I don’t change my mind because I think Grealish is a fantastic player and I probably think he has to find a place for him sooner or later.
“The decision to play Raheem was good and we are all happy.”
Given that less work will be required without the ball against the Scots then it does bring Grealish into the fold.
There will be far less space behind the defence and England will see much more of the ball, so starting Grealish has to be considered.
He is the one who likes to run into those pockets, create chances from nothing for his teammates, create those space for others by drawing the opposition close to him and then his ability to win countless free-kicks.
Gareth Southgate made a number of big calls before the Croatia match and he will be in the same boat come this Friday.
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