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“I spoke to him” – Gareth Southgate provides truth around Jack Grealish’s England place at the Euros



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Manchester City’s Jack Grealish has held conversations with England boss Gareth Southgate ahead of the upcoming European Championships and his place in the squad.

The City forward has endured a challenging season as a whole off the back of the club’s historic Treble success last season, and his start to the 2024 calendar year has not seen much of an improvement due to injury and subsequent lack of game time.

Jack Grealish has most recently sustained successive groin problems in outings against FC Copenhagen and Luton Town in the Champions League and FA Cup respectively, completing less than 45 minutes in both matches combined.

However, having now had the opportunity to focus purely on his recovery during the recent international break, the business end of the season could allow for the former Aston Villa man to return to last season’s form and importance to Pep Guardiola’s system.

Speaking to the media after England’s 2-2 draw with Belgium, manager Gareth Southgate insisted that having held a conversation with Jack Grealish prior to the international break, the City forward is certainly not out of the picture for a place at the European Championships.

“Jack (Grealish) is definitely not out of the picture. I spoke to him before I named the squad,” Southgate explained in reference to his latest England squad that included fellow City teammates Kyle Walker, John Stones, and Phil Foden.

Southgate continued, “He was he was back into training, but I didn’t think for these games he was going to be at a physical level to be able to compete.”

Manchester City return to domestic action with a clash against Premier League title rivals Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium, while April will also see the club return to duties in the FA Cup and Champions League.

Chelsea are the club’s opponents in the final-four of the domestic cup tournament while Real Madrid await Pep Guardiola and his reigning Champions of Europe in the last-eight of the Champions League, with the first-leg held at the Santiago Bernabeu.