Date: 7th June 2021 at 8:10pm
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Sunday afternoon’s England friendly against Romania at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium was definitely the boring 90 minutes most of us probably expected, although as Aston Villa fans we did have horses in the race owing to the involvement of Jack Grealish, Tyrone Mings and Ollie Watkins.

It was a poor game, played out at a true training friendly pace and there were mistakes all over the pitch from everyone selected. Even Super Jack was poor by his own self-set standards, but that didn’t stop him from being the best player on the pitch and deservedly taking BT Sport’s official Man of the Match from the tie – after winning the penalty that won us the game.

I imagine for those England fans amongst us who are invested in how the national side does, there will be far more questions than answers after the last two showings, but it will largely be a completely different squad when the real games are here.

All that matters for Villans is Jack got the 90 under his belt as he returns to full fitness, and with us all knowing there is far more to come from him, he is again proving himself a total game changer and match winner at that level, so whilst few expect Gareth Southgate to start him, fans of all colours will be perplexed if he’s not used, or used sparingly in favour of so called ‘names’.

The wider football world are waking up to what we’ve always known.

Southgate's Got To Start Him...

How Can He Not

How Can He Not

You Know He Won't

You Know He Won't

A quick shout out for former keeper Sam Johnstone as well who kept a clean sheet on his full debut.

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