Ince picks out two England players Southgate must build team around

Date published: Wednesday 25th March 2020 10:06

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince reckons England boss Gareth Southgate should look to build his team around Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish over the next few years.

Grealish has been Villa’s standout player in their battle to avoid the drop, contributing seven goals and six assists in 26 Premier League starts.

Sancho, meanwhile, has been linked with most of the world’s top clubs as he continues to blaze a trail in the Bundesliga with an astonishing record of 14 goals and 15 assists in just 23 league appearances this campaign.

And both have caught the attention of Ince, who can imagine Southgate’s team being built around that duo for years to come.

“I like Grealish; I really like him. When he kicks a ball, he gets people off their feet. You always think he will do something special,” Ince told Goal. “I really like him from that point of view.

“Maddison, yes, he is good too. Mason Mount could be exciting. He is getting good game time at Chelsea. If I had to pick one though it would be Grealish because I think he gives you a little bit more. He runs with the ball and travels with the ball.

“Grealish is the one who excites me and who I think can be a fan hero. He can be that man. He could be the one. I don’t want to draw parallels with [Paul] Gascoigne but I think the way he plays could have that impact on the imagination. It is something to look forward to. England have a lot of potentially great players. It is a bright three or four years.”

Ince added: “I think you have to look at Sancho. I have watched him a lot this year at Dortmund. This kid is going to be a great player. I can see it already.

“You have to look to build the England team around him. Rashford is great. Maybe with Rashford and Sancho up top then I could be excited.”


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