England Hopeful Passes Big Match Test

Last updated : 29 January 2020 By Three Lions

Jack Grealish has been tipped for a Three Lions call up after playing a starring role in Aston Villa's League Cup semi-final victory against Leicester City on Tuesday evening.

The match was billed as a battle between two England hopefuls in the shape of Grealish and the Foxes' James Maddison and although Maddison performed well it was Grealish who caught the eye of BBC chief football writer Phil McNulty.

A place in Gareth Southgate's squad for the March friendlies against Denmark and Italy would represent the end of a long road for Grealish since he pinned his colours to the England mast in 2015, turning down the opportunity to represent the Republic of Ireland.

He had played for Ireland at age group level but opted to take his chance with the country of his birth, the Birmingham-born midfielder saying at the time: "It was not an easy decision as Ireland has a special place with me through my family."

At the time he was seen as having a chance of making Roy Hodgson's squad for Euro 2016 but his fortunes dipped along with those of his club and have now risen again as Villa have returned to the top-flight and a Wembley final.

Southgate's midfield options are increasing with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, a favourite of the manager, playing a key role in Liverpool's title charge and netting in Wednesday evening's comfortable victory at West Ham United.