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Villa are na­tional trea­sure

- By James Nursey Sports · Soccer · Aston Villa Football Club · Aston, West Midlands · England national football team · England · Sheffield United F.C. · Sheffield · Jack Grealish · Ollie Watkins · David Villa · Tyrone Mings · John Egan

GARETH SOUTHGATE will be a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor at As­ton Villa this sea­son, ac­cord­ing to boss Dean Smith.

The Eng­land man­ager was in the stands to see Villa kick off their Premier League cam­paign with a 1- 0 home win over Sh­effield United on Mon­day.

Three Li­ons new­comer Jack Gre­al­ish cap­tained the hosts and in­ter­na­tional team- mate Ty­rone Mings mar­shalled the de­fence.

For­mer Eng­land Un­der- 21 de­fender Ezri Konsa headed a sec­ond­half win­ner af­ter new record £ 28mil­lion striker Ol­lie Watkins got John Egan sent off early on.

They were among six English­men start­ing for Villa as Smith claimed there would be plenty of tal­ent to keep Southgate com­ing back. He said: “Jack got his de­but re­cently and Ty­rone has been in the squad as well. Ezri Konsa has been in the ju­nior ages and I thought he would have caught Gareth’s eye as well. Ezri was out­stand­ing and the main­stay of our de­fence.

“Ty­rone has just signed a new con­tract and I think he might have been on a head­ing bonus the amount he won.”

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SOUTHGATE: Villa visit

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