Ashley Cole heaps praise on ‘little magician’ Jack Grealish as he makes first competitive start for England, and claims the Aston Villa star has ‘got that Eden Hazard quality’ on the ball
- Jack Grealish made his first competitive England start at Belgium on Sunday
- The Aston Villa man has been in sensational form for club and country this term
- Ashley Cole believes Grealish’s form means he will play for England at Euro 2020
- Cole also compared Grealish to Belgium and Real Madrid star Eden Hazard
Ashley Cole believes England ‘magician’ Jack Grealish should be part of the Three Lions’ European Championships squad next summer and has compared the Aston Villa man to Eden Hazard.
The 25-year-old was handed a first competitive start by Gareth Southgate for England’s Nations League tie with Belgium on Sunday night as the midfielder continues his rise since the start of the season.
Grealish has been part of Aston Villa’s positive start to the season, scoring five goals and registering six assists since the beginning of the 2020-21 campaign. Former England defender Cole thinks Grealish will be a key England player if he keeps his current form up.
Ashley Cole believes Jack Grealish will make England’s 2020 European Championships squad
Grealish (right) made his first competitive start for England against Belgium on Sunday night
Cole told Sky Sports on Sunday: ‘When you talk about little magicians who can win you games. He’s one of them. Grealish should go to the Euros if he keeps producing the quality he’s currently producing.
‘He’s got that (Eden) Hazard quality, he can beat players left and right, can get fouls for Mason (Mount) and Harry (Kane) to take free-kicks. He will win England points.’
Belgium international Hazard, who missed the England game on Sunday due to injury, was a key man at Chelsea before joining Real Madrid in a £100m deal.
Grealish (middle) has been phenomenal for Aston Villa since the start of the 2020-21 season
Cole compared Grealish to Belgium winger Eden Hazard (above) in terms of his movement
The 29-year-old scored 110 goals in 352 matches at Stamford Bridge and won two Premier League titles and two Europa League trophies in west London.
Fellow Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp believes Grealish is capable of being an important figure at the highest level for both club and country.
Redknapp added: ‘I’ve watched Jack for a while now, I’m convinced he’s the real deal. He’s got everything if we play him in the right positions.
Jamie Redknapp believes Grealish (left) can go to the very top if he keeps his form up
‘What you want from a player is to show the manager what you can do in every training session.’
Grealish’s bow against Belgium was his first competitive international start, having began England’s two friendly victory over Wales and the Republic of Ireland in recent months.
The Aston Villa man’s other appearance came as a substitute in England’s 0-0 Nations League draw with Denmark in September.
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