By News Team
24th March 2021
Former Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has called on Gareth Southgate to include Aston Villa pair Jack Grealish and Tyrone Mings in his squad for Euro 2020.
England are preparing for a trio of World Cup qualifying fixtures this week which sees them take on San Marino, Albania and Poland, and these matches will be crucial in preparing for the summer tournament.
And speaking to William Hill, the man fondly known as ‘Ollie’ picked several players who he believes should be in the squad this summer.
He said: “Personally, I’d like to see Gareth Southgate do really well. I like his approach and he has done the country proud. I think he’s brought the young players on and he understands the type of approach we need to have.
“In defence, I would like to see a fella who I believe is getting better and better every week and that’s Aston Villa’s centre half Tyrone Mings. I think he’s a real leader, so well done to John Terry for bringing him on.
“One of my favourite players on the planet is Jack Grealish. I think he is completely out there in front of everyone for how he’s played this season. He’s not blessed with fantastic pace and he doesn’t do some things, but he is maturing into an absolutely glorious footballer.”
And the Bristol-born manager, who had a spell managing his hometown team Bristol Rovers, as well as QPR, Plymouth, Leicester, Blackpool, Millwall, and Grimsby Town, reserved praise for a number of other English superstars ahead of this week’s qualifiers.
He added: “I think Phil Foden is definitely going to be there (at the Euros). He’s been playing so well. I’m not sure what position he’ll fill but he will be there.
“Raheem Sterling has come of age and the way he represents our country is something to be proud of. My other favourite is Mason Mount. Is he going to get in the squad? I’m not too sure, but I think he’s fantastic.
“I just wish us a bit of luck at the right time, and I hope we can gel and galvanize to become a wonderful team.”
He continued: “You need a bit of luck (to win major tournaments). I felt we were going to go all the way last time in the World Cup against Croatia after going ahead, and then we just stopped doing what we had been doing well.
“I just want us to make sure we are on a level that we’re capable of. I get caught up in things and it would be wonderful to see us go all the way and win the Euros this summer, but we’ll see.”
Asked whether he’ll make a return to management, Holloway appeared uncertain.
He said: “I feel very fortunate to have had 20 years in management, which is a long time. I am less than 50 games short of 1,000 games managed. As a manager, you have a special gang who had managed 1,000 games, but it’s not really about that at the moment.
“At the moment, I am sitting back and thinking about what I can do next. I’m focused on spending time with my wife that I haven’t spent with her due to managing football clubs. It’s all been about me and she has allowed me to do that, so now I want to give that time to do different things.”