‘At the front then they were like, ‘Who? Who?’ for about like five minutes’: Jack Grealish finally receives England call up but is refused entry at St George’s Park! Aston Villa star sees funny side despite security not recognising him upon arrival
- Jack Grealish endured a few nervy moments upon his arrival at St George’s Park
- The Aston Villa star has been called up to the England squad after a long wait
- The 24-year-old said security at the training base did not recognise him at first
- After a five-minute delay, Grealish was finally granted entry to the ground
Jack Grealish had to endure a long wait for his England call up and was almost denied at the final hurdle as the Aston Villa star was momentarily refused entry into St George’s Park on his first day with the squad.
Calls for the 24-year-old to be included in Gareth Southgate‘s squad have rung loudly after a standout campaign for the Villains in 2019-20, in which he scored 10 goals and provided eight assists for Dean Smith’s side.
Grealish had not been included in Southgate’s initial squad for games against Iceland and Denmark, but the Birmingham-born star finally got the nod after Harry Winks and Marcus Rashford were released from international duty.
Jack Grealish was almost left red-faced after he was denied entry into St George’s Park
The Aston Villa star received his long-awaited call up for games against Iceland and Denmark
However, the attacking midfielder endured a few nervy moments upon his arrival at St George’s Park this week, with security not recognising the recently called up star.
Footage of the Aston Villa captain arriving at the training base shows Grealish incredibly happy to be linking up with the international squad.
‘Hello, yeah, I’m finally here,’ he said. ‘At the front then they were like, “Who? Who?” for about like five minutes.
‘They went “are you with the under-21s?” I said, “Nah, I don’t think so!?”‘
However, the 24-year-old had a nervy wait after security did not recognise the midfielder
After around five minutes, the newly-called up star was granted access to the training ground
Southgate had previously said that Grealish’s omission from the senior squad was due to a number of ‘incredible players’ being ahead of him, with the likes of Mason Greenwood, Jadon Sancho and Raheem Sterling mentioned.
Rashford has been struggling with an ankle injury, a problem he has been carrying since the end of last season. He tweeted: ‘Gutted, never want to let this team down but these fixtures just came a little too soon for me. I tried my best but I have to focus on starting the season at my strongest for club and country.
‘Good luck boys, I’ll be cheering you on from home.’
Tottenham midfielder Winks has also pulled out of the squad though the FA have not officially specified the reasons why the 24-year-old and Rashford have withdrawn.
Grealish will be looking to make his mark and nail down a place in future England squads