Danny Mills has claimed he thinks England are crying out for someone in the mould of Chelsea midfielder Jorginho in their XI. 

Gareth Southgate’s England side have been on an upwards trajectory in the last few years to climb up to third on FIFA’s men’s international rankings.

The Three Lions were semi-finalists in the last World Cup a few years ago, along with beaten finalists in the summer during Euro 2020.

One criticism that talkSPORT pundit Mills has highlighted with England, though, is their lack of control in the centre of the park.

A midfield pivot of Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips proved extremely effective in the recent international tournament, but he feels England are in need of a ball-playing midfielder.

Mills added that the likes of Manchester City’s Jack Grealish can’t bring the same kind of control on the ball.

“You need somebody to dictate when the game is not going quite right. We’ve (England) got Grealish, Foden, Rashford, Sterling, Sancho. All of these different players have got great ability, but can any of them dictate a game like Jorginho can dictate a game?” he told talkSPORT.

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Southgate’s England conundrum

It’s not Grealish’s skill-set to keep England ticking over on the ball. In fact, the Manchester City winger does a great job retaining possession further up the pitch by drawing fouls and attention.


Southgate would surely love to have a player like Jorginho available to him. He would be a no-brainer to play because of how well he dictates games.

However, the Rice-Phillips combination shouldn’t be bashed just because it’s slightly more industrious in its approach. It feels like Southgate is still trying to strike up the right balance with his starting line-up.

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Chelsea star Jorginho rare in his talent

Of course, any team would love somebody capable of receiving the ball in any area of the pitch and leading from the base of the midfield.

Chelsea have someone in £50million star Jorginho that is unique to most. 

There are very few built in his mould, albeit Leeds and England man Phillips isn’t a million miles away. You’d have to say the Leeds-born midfielder is the closest English player to him right now in terms of style.

Jamie Carragher recently explained what he loves about Jorginho.

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