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Jack Grealish hands England huge fitness boost as Villa chief Dean Smith gives playmaker all-clear for Euro 2020


JACK GREALISH has handed Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate a massive boost ahead of the Euros after being declared fit.

Southgate names his 26-man squad on Tuesday, May 25 and will be concerned over winger Grealish’s lack of match action following his recent shin injury.

Grealish has not played for England in 2021 due to injury

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Grealish has not played for England in 2021 due to injuryCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd
Villa boss Smith (right) has given Southgate a major boost about Grealish's fitness

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Villa boss Smith (right) has given Southgate a major boost about Grealish’s fitnessCredit: AFP

He was sidelined for three months. but Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has told Southgate his star will be fit for this summer’s showpiece.

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Smith said: “I don’t pick the England squad but he will be fit enough for the Euros.

“I’m hopeful that Jack will be able to start one of our remaining two games.

“He’s pushing hard, he’s had no reaction to the injury and he’s building up those minutes.”

Grealish, 25, came through 30 minutes of Sunday’s 3-2 defeat at Crystal Palace after managing 20 minutes against Everton three days earlier.

Meanwhile, Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire said he is positive he will make the Europa League final to give Southgate a further lift.

The defender is currently on crutches and wearing a protective boot after damaging ankle ligaments just over a week ago against Villa.

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But the latest update is that the 28-year-old is upbeat about making the final against Villarreal in Gdansk a week on Wednesday.

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Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “When I spoke to him this morning he was positive.

“Naturally the day after he was injured everyone was very down — but we decided we had to focus and be positive and think he is going to make it.

“He is making progress but we have consciously made the decision not to test him out too early.

“Hopefully we will have good news — but I will give it as long as possible because we know his importance.

“We have known that for a long time but maybe people appreciate it more when he is not playing.”

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