Date: 26th March 2019 at 7:00am
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With England manager Gareth Southgate seemingly encouraging Aston Villa starlet Jack Grealish to secure Premier League football before he can really come into his thoughts at international level over the weekend, plenty have questioned Southgate’s understanding of the Championship level.

Notwithstanding the apparent hypocrisy on display when it comes to Callum Hudson-Odoi’s Premier League experience or that of Mason Mount – but hey they play for Chelsea don’t they and Southgate will only pick on merit.

As stated the other day.

Southgate’s Words Will Only Fuel Villa Speculation But He’s Wrong In Any Event

Gates did try and temper the speculation he must have known would follow on the rumour mill by referencing us and commenting that he was looking forward to seeing the club back in the top flight, but the weekend’s news has again been dominated by the expected rumour mill rumblings and invention as few outlets would lead with his promotion hopes for us, over the opportunity to again link him with Tottenham Hotspur.

Having had my say, there was the expected reaction on social media from fans and as was pointed out on our Vital Villa forum thread by Dumble, Southgate could’ve avoided the criticism by simply stating Jack had been impressive since his injury return, and if he maintains that form he would make a decision in the future.

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