Grealish vs Maddison: Who gets on the plane to Euro 2020?

England's injury nightmare

England are heading into Euro 2020 as the favourites to lift the trophy at 4/1, which will be their first major title since 1966. At the same time, however, just when things were beginning to look bright, Gareth Southgate's squad have been hit with an injury curse.

Harry Kane, Tammy Abraham, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are just a few names on the injury list for the England boss to contend with. However, this has subsequently opened up many seats on the plane to Wembley for England's Euro 2020 campaign for outcasts such as James Maddison and Jack Grealish.

James Maddison's rise

The Leicester City man burst onto the scene with Norwich City two seasons ago, scoring 14 goals and providing eight assists in the Canaries' Championship season. This monumental year for the 23-year-old forced the Foxes to take notice, where he has since registered 13 goals and 10 assists in the Premier League's past two seasons.

Now, Maddison has become a regular star for Brendan Rogers and quickly established himself as one of the country's brightest younger talents. Plus, the Englishman has already earned himself one cap for the Three Lions, playing 34 minutes against Montenegro.

Jack Grealish is moving closer to Euro 2020

The Aston Villa star has long been linked with the England national team, having played for Republic of Ireland's U17s, U18s and U21s. However, in 2016, Grealish switched his allegiance to England U21s, but is yet to play or even be called up to the senior squad.

A big reason for Grealish's lack of international play has come as a result of Villa's Championship status. But, with seven goals and five assists in the Premier League this season, the 24-year-old has thrown himself right into the mix of the English hopefuls.

Since their return to the top-flight, Grealish has been by far the best player in keeping them just outside of the relegation zone thus far. Without him, undoubtedly, Villa would be all but dead and buried this season.

Who gets on the plane?

In truth, there are not many aspects that separate the two English attacking midfielders right now. Grealish is just a few months older, both of them have scored this same this season, and both are of equal importance to their side at the moment.

With the injuries for Southgate to contend with, particularly that of Loftus-Cheek, means both of them are certainly in contention for a call-up. As of now, with Maddison battling for a Champions League spot, whilst Grealish fights relegation, it's fair to say the former is in a better position.

Plus, the ex-Norwich man already has experience with the senior squad, which may be a factor in this race. In reality, it's doubtful both will go, unless injuries continue to mount. And right now, it's tough to see who gets on the plane.


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