Grealish handed England call-up as Man Utd, Tottenham stars withdraw

Date published: Monday 31st August 2020 3:27

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Jack Grealish has been called up to the England squad for the Nations League matches against Iceland and Denmark.

The Aston Villa skipper has got the nod after Marcus Rashford and Harry Winks withdrew from the party, the FA has announced.

It is Grealish’s first call-up to the senior squad. The midfielder has previously represented England at Under-21 level and was a member of Gareth Southgate’s Toulon Tournament-winning squad of 2016.

Southgate was criticised in some quarters for his initial decision to leave Grealish out of his squad.

But a change of heart has seen the midfielder handed his first chance to prove himself on the international stage, following an impressive Premier League campaign in which the 24-year-old played a pivotal role in Villa’s Premier League survival.

Manchester United striker Rashford has withdrawn with an ankle injury. Meanwhile, Tottenham midfielder Winks has also been forced to return to his club.

England face Iceland in Reykjavik on September 5 before travelling to Copenhagen to play Denmark three days later.

 

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