Jack Grealish shines for England: Five ways Three Lions can line up with Aston Villa star

Jack Grealish dropped a 10/10 performance in the 3-0 win over Wales

Jack Grealish has finally announced himself on the international stage.

The Aston Villa midfielder has had to wait patiently for his opportunity, but he took it emphatically against Wales on Thursday evening.

Gareth Southgate handed Grealish his first Three Lions start and the Villa man repaid the manager's faith with a man-of-the-match performance at Wembley.

The 25-year-old assisted Dominic Calvert-Lewin's opening goal of the night and was brilliant throughout, tormenting Wales' defence.

After just one start, it seems glaringly obvious that Grealish has to be one of the first names on Southgate's team sheets going forward.

Villa's talisman can operate both from the left and in a central role, meaning England have the option to field various different formations in order to accommodate the 25-year-old.

With Euro 2021 on the horizon, we here at GIVEMESPORT have devised five different ways the Three Lions could line up at the tournament with Grealish at the heart of the team.

1. The Pep Guardiola way

Team 1

There's not an England fan on the planet who wouldn't love to see this XI play a game together.

Guardiola has perfected a playing system which incorporates two creative, attack-minded midfielders in a midfield three and maybe Southgate should give it a try.

The imaginative duo of Grealish and Phil Foden feeding Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho? The stuff of dreams, although Declan Rice or Jordan Henderson would have to cover A LOT of ground defensively at the base of the midfield.

A system best reserved for games against slightly inferior opposition.

2. 4-3-3, Grealish on the left

Team 2

By far the most conservative option of the five and don't worry, a midfield trio of Rice, Henderson and Winks - or Phillips - doesn't excite us either.

However, unlike the formation above, this system offers defensive security against elite international teams and would afford Grealish more opportunities to create chances on the counter.

The Villa man loves cutting in from the left and he also demonstrated his willingness to defend the flank against Wales.

Although a flair player by trade, Grealish has more than enough about his game to assist Southgate when the manager opts for a more pragmatic approach.

3. 4-2-3-1, Grealish as a No.10

Team 3

Of all five different formations, this one looks like the most balanced.

Rice and Henderson as a deep midfield pairing offer the necessary protection required to allow the quartet ahead of them to weave their magic in the final third.

While Grealish has thrived on the left for both club and country, his skillset is tailor-made for a central role.

The front three of Kane, Sterling and Sancho would enjoy international duty even more with Grealish elevating the team's imagination levels from close behind.

4. 3-4-3, Grealish in a deeper role

Team 4

Should Southgate persist with a back three for the foreseeable future, the England manager should seriously consider deploying Grealish in a deeper role.

A third centre-back reduces the defensive workload placed upon either Rice, Henderson or Phillips, giving Grealish the platform to link up with both the wing-backs and the front three.

As we've previously stated, the Villa man doesn't shirk away from his defensive duties either, so why not utilise him as more of a deep-lying playmaker and let him dictate the tempo of the game?

England need a system to wrestle the initiative away from their opponents in big games and a 3-4-3 setup featuring Grealish could be the ideal solution.

5. Revisiting the 2018 World Cup formation

Team 5

Southgate's 3-5-2 system was defensively solid at the 2018 World Cup, but the lack of creativity and ingenuity from midfield was seriously concerning.

Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli struggled to knit the midfield and attack together, but Grealish could be the man to turn the formation into a winner for the Three Lions.

Why? Because he's actually capable of creating a plethora of chances for the two strikers selected - something Alli and Lingard failed to do consistently at the last major tournament.

If Southgate were feeling lucky, he could even utilise Foden or Mason Mount alongside Grealish instead of Henderson, to further increase the Three Lions' creative potential.

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