Aston Villa manager defends decision to stop young midfielder from training with England

first_img Jack Grealish and Tim Sherwood Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has defended his decision to block Jack Grealish from training with England during the international break.The midfielder has pledged his international future to the Three Lions after choosing them above the Republic of Ireland. Birmingham-born Grealish represented Ireland at under-21 level as he qualified through his grandparents but after his decision, national manager Roy Hodgson was keen on bringing him to train with England, with Grealish waiting for his new international registration. Villa want to keep him at the club to work on his match fitness after he missed most of pre-season with a hamstring injury and, ahead of Saturday’s visit of Stoke, Sherwood insisted it is the right call.He said: “He’s missed pre-season and the last international break when we wanted to get some training into him, he was injured. So we’re going to use this opportunity now.“If he was called up for the squad then he’d be going but he wasn’t. Roy asked me and said he would like to invite him there and introduce him to the boys and get a feel for St George’s Park.“I thought it was better for him to stay here and work hard. We’ll use this time to get him fit for the remainder of the season. He won’t be alone, a few of the boys are doing exactly the same.”But Sherwood warned the 20-year-old he must focus on his Villa form if he stands any chance of gatecrashing Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016. He said: “He’s not playing for England unless he is playing for Villa. It goes for every player, they need to play for their club side and play well to get picked by the England manager.“Roy is at a lot of our games and he is always looking. He’s going to make that decision based on how Jack is playing for Aston Villa.” 1last_img

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