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Jack Grealish’s ‘problem’ identified by Gary Neville after surprise England snub

Jack Grealish has a “problem” in the England squad, according to Gary Neville after his latest snub from Gareth Southgate.

The Aston Villa midfielder impressed in his first Three Lions start against Wales, grabbing an assist in the 3-0 friendly win.

But it was not enough to earn a place in the starting XI against Belgium for the Nations League clash, with the boss offering little praise for the 25-year-old.

And Neville, who made 85 appearances for his country, believes he will be facing even more issues with the current national team formation.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the former Manchester United defender said: “I think there’s a bit of a problem for Jack Grealish.

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“If you stick with a 3-4-3, he wouldn’t be one of those two midfielders in the middle against the big teams.

“When you look at the front three, you’ve got [Jadon] Sancho, [Marcus] Rashford, [Raheem] Sterling, [Harry] Kane, [Dominic] Calvert-Lewin and more. Where would he get in there?

“He’s talented, he’s earned his place in the squad and I thought he was brilliant the other night.

“But this system does hamper him.

“If it was 4-3-3 or 3-5-2, you could see him playing in that system a little bit more.”

Fellow pundit Jamie Redknapp, though, suggested that the England boss wanted to use the midfielder as an impact sub.

“He played so well, I was so impressed with him,” he said.

“But it didn’t surprise me [that he was not chosen to start vs Belgium].

“We know he can do it at this level. He can do it in the Premier League.

“He can give you a completely different problem when you play against him because he’s a dribbler.

“When someone picks up the ball and runs at you, it’s so difficult for him to be stopped.

“He may not start every game but he’s shown Gareth he can play at this level and he come off if needed for 20-25 minutes.

“I would like to have seen him play today, I must admit, but it’s a big opportunity for the other players. It feels like there’s a bit of competition in there.”

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