Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish receives first England Under-21s call-up for Toulon Tournament

Jack Grealish has been included in the England Under-21 squad for this summer’s Toulon Tournament.

It is the first time the Aston Villa midfielder has received a Three Lions call-up since switching his international allegiance.

Grealish represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level, featuring for their Under-17s all the way through to their Under-21s.

But he opted to commit his senior international future to England last year after holding talks with Roy Hodgson.

He has failed to force his way into Hodgson’s thinking for Euro 2016 after a difficult season for relegated Villa.

He was sent to train with the club’s development team by former manager Remi Garde in November after being pictured partying in a Manchester nightclub hours after a 4-0 defeat at Everton and has made just six appearances in total.

But he is still highly thought of by the England hierarchy and he will now be part of Gareth Southgate’s 20-man group in Toulon.

Chelsea’s Kasey Palmer has also been included for the first time, while Nathaniel Chalobah, Nathan Redmond and Duncan Watmore return after missing March’s Euro qualifier with Switzerland through injury.

The squad will travel to southern France for the competition next week, and will face Portugal, Guinea, Paraguay and Japan in their initial group games.

England Under-21 squad for Toulon Tournament:

Angus Gunn (Manchester City), Jordan Pickford (Sunderland), Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Brendan Galloway (Everton), Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Jack Stephens (Southampton), Matt Targett (Southampton), Lewis Baker (Vitesse Arnhem, loan from Chelsea), Nathaniel Chalobah (Napoli, loan from Chelsea), Matt Grimes (Swansea City), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), John Swift (Chelsea), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Kasey Palmer (Chelsea), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City), Duncan Watmore (Sunderland), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).

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