Danny Mills has suggested that Jack Grealish would “never” be in his England starting eleven against Italy in the final of Euro 2020.
Many fans and pundits were calling for Grealish to start for England at Euro 2020. He has only started one game so far and that was against the Czech Republic in the group stages.
Grealish has also made cameo appearances against Scotland, Germany and Denmark.
The Aston Villa midfielder looks set to be on the bench for the final. Kieran Tripper is to come in for Bukayo Saka in Gareth Southgate’s only change.
Mills has told talkSPORT (as cited by Birmingham Mail) that England will need pace either side of Harry Kane against Italy:
“Never in my starting 11, no.
“Harry Kane is going to play and if you’re going to play Harry Kane then you’ve got to have pace either side of him to make that work.
“You’ve got to have people who can run in behind and create the space so Harry Kane can get into that little pocket and maybe drop a little bit deeper and do what he does for Tottenham, when he has Son on one side and Bale or Bergwijn on the other.”
Mills went onto suggest that Southgate made the right call by bringing Grealish off against Denmark:
“Jack’s probably the least defensive minded of players there. You can’t take Kalvin Phillips off.
“Why did Gareth take Jack off the other night? Jack makes things happen, he draws fouls, but when you need to see a game out, the problem he has is that because he likes to run at people sometimes you lose the ball and then it comes the other way, that’s why he took him off.
“The way he’s allowed to play at Villa, he’s allowed to do whatever he wants and goes all over the place.
“Jack is incredible and he does something that is completely different, but sometimes that can disrupt the way you play and that can cause one or two problems.
“Also, he’s had no experience in big top games, you’re not sure how he’s going to play if he’s never played any European football, this is why Rice and Phillips were gambles.”