Picking Jack Grealish for England’s Euro 2020 squad ‘a gamble’ after Aston Villa captain’s return from injury

Gareth Southgate will be taking a ‘gamble’ if he selects Jack Grealish for England’s Euro 2020 squad.

That is according to former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara, who believes the Aston Villa captain has looked ‘half a yard off it’ since returning from a shin injury last week.

Grealish has played 44 minutes of first-team football since returning from injury

Grealish, who had scored six goals and registered 10 assists in the Premier League before missing 12 games through injury, will hope to impress Southgate in Villa’s two remaining matches of the season.

However, O’Hara insists there will be a risk in picking the 25-year-old midfielder.

He told talkSPORT: “Jack Grealish hasn’t got the time to get the games in. They’ve got two games left.

“Dean Smith will probably start him in one of the next two to try to get him 90 minutes.

“There are a couple of friendlies before the tournament starts for England, so he’s not going to be 100 per cent.

“It’s a gamble for Southgate to pick him. If he breaks down again then you’ve already picked that player, you can’t use him.

Grealish has won five caps for England since making his debut last year
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“It’s going to be really difficult. He looks half a yard off it, watching him, as you always are going to be when you’ve been out for three months.

“You almost need another pre-season to get yourself fit. You need six, seven starts before you really get back into the flow of it. So it’s going to be a gamble to pick him.

“I would take him because he gives you something different. Even if he plays off the bench and doesn’t involve himself in every game, he’s still someone that can do something different to what we’ve got.

Gareth Southgate had come under fire for not picking Grealish sooner
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“But you’re looking at players who are playing at full tilt at the minute – Mason Mount, Phil Foden, Jesse Lingard, Jadon Sancho – those players are playing week in, week out and performing at the top level.

“There will be some tough decisions for Southgate.”