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Will Jack Grealish play tonight? England Team News Ahead Of Czech Republic Game

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Will Jack Grealish play tonight? England Team News Ahead Of Czech Republic Game

England will clash with the Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium in their last Euro 2020 group game tonight - with many left wondering if Jack Grealish will be starting or not.

In the Premier League last season, Grealish was one of the most-talked about players and is believed to be one of Manchester City's top transfer targets - and it comes as no surprise, too.

The Aston Villa talisman scored six goals and laid on 12 assists last season, which won him inclusion in the Three Lions squad for the European Championships - but has barely played any minutes during this summer's showpiece.

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Jack Grealish could start for England after an impressive cameo against Scotland on Friday
Jack Grealish could start for England after an impressive cameo against Scotland on Friday

Grealish was the star of both of England's Euro 2020 warm-up friendlies, but was, surprisingly, unused in their first match against Croatia and only came on as a substitute during the stalemate with Scotland.

But will he finally be given a start in tonight's big game? Well, according to the Daily Mail, Grealish has been given the green light and will replace Mason Mount.

Mount and Ben Chilwell have been forced to self-isolate - throwing England's plans for tonight's game into chaos.

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The England hierarchy confirmed on Tuesday that the pair must isolate up to and including Monday, 28 June, after coming into close contact with Chelsea team-mate Billy Gilmour for more than 15 minutes after the Scotland midfielder tested positive for coronavirus.

While Mount stays in isolation, it will give Grealish the opportunity - and platform - to show Gareth Southgate his worth - with fans already recognising the 25-year-old as one of England's most entertaining players.

The Athletic has delved into the relationship between Grealish and Southgate, with sources close to the camp indicating that the Three Lions manager doesn't trust the Villa ace.

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It goes on to state that Southgate has dressing room favourites and that Grealish's "partying image" counts against him.

However, it is not all negative, as Southgate is believed to value Grealish as a likeable and popular member of his group - as well as being one of the most talented amongst the squad.

Jack Grealish has put in some impressive displays in an England shirt under Gareth Southgate
Jack Grealish has put in some impressive displays in an England shirt under Gareth Southgate

Concerns over Grealish's work rate off the ball is also said to be behind Southgate's decision not to start the player in crucial matches.

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Fans have since taken to social media in their thousands to have their say on Grealish, who they believe should be given a more prominent role in the England set-up.

And Southgate, who could also hand Bukayo Saka his first appearance of the tournament tonight, is ready to unleash Grealish as the Three Lions look to secure top spot in the group.

In a big boost for the Three Lions, Southgate is also expected to name Harry Maguire in his starting line-up, according to The Atheltic.

Gareth Southgate is expected to name Harry Maguire in his starting line-up after recovering from an ankle injury
Gareth Southgate is expected to name Harry Maguire in his starting line-up after recovering from an ankle injury
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The match will be Maguire's first start since he sustained an ankle injury in Manchester United's Premier League win at Aston Villa on May 9.

Elsewhere, Kyle Walker is set to return at right-back after being rested for the draw against Scotland on Friday.

The fact England have now qualified for the knockout stages will also have had an influence on Southgate's changed team selection.

Without even kicking a ball, Southgate's men reached the last-16 on Monday night after Belgium and Denmark won their final group games against Finland and Russia, respectively.

Topics: Euro 2020, Jack Grealish, England

Robert Mann
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