The return of international football is looming along with the new season with Gareth Southgate naming his England squad on Tuesday for matches in early September.
Marcus Rashford, and Mason Greenwood for the first time were all named in the squad, along with Harry Maguire before the centre-back later withdrew.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was a surprise omission, but he has been named in the squad before, and his time will come. Whether the same applies to Jack Grealish is another matter.
Grealish was snubbed again and at the age of 24, has still never been capped by England.
This is where he may realise that a transfer move this summer to Manchester United will considerably help his cause.
Grealish performed heroics this past season to help Aston Villa stay up in the Premier League.
He scored eight league goals and provided six assists, the highest in the team on both counts.
In terms of creativity, Grealish also made the second highest number of key passes per game (2.5) in the Premier League, only behind Kevin de Bruyne.
His reward? He may have been priced out of a move amid Manchester United’s interest.
The Times reported last month Villa have placed a value of £80 million on Grealish, buoyed by their Premier League survival.
This does seem like an excessive amount, and so far United are yet to move.
Grealish may feel as though he has reached the limit in terms of his Aston Villa career and needs a new challenge. His England snub reinforces that.
Euro 2021 is held next year and the World Cup a year after, and so Grealish faces a critical two seasons in which to win Southgate over.
Stepping up to play for Manchester United and proving himself in the Champions League should do the trick.
Being able to link up with Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood and establishing a connection with the pair will be too difficult for Southgate to ignore.
If Grealish wants to test himself for England, this is a transfer move he needs.
He is in a tough spot because Villa are his boyhood club and he will not want to sully his reputation by putting in a transfer request, but there will be fans at the Midlands club who would understand his reasons for wanting to move on.
Rather than a call-up adding to or reinforcing Grealish’s value, this snub has served to undermine him, and give him extra incentive to try and push for a move to Old Trafford. so he can get the recognition he feels he deserves.
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