​Frank Lampard believes Jack Grealish’s recent performances for ​Aston Villa are pushing him in the right direction for his first call-up to the England squad. Grealish has four goals and three assists in his last eight games for Dean Smith’s side, and ​Chelsea will be looking to quash his threat after two consecutive league defeats.

The Blues boss was full of praises for the Villa striker who has hit the ground running since the club were promoted back to the ​Premier League.

Jack Grealish

“I think he’s doing it,” ​Lampard said about Grealish setting himself up for selection to the England squad.

“He’s playing at a level now where he is obviously forcing himself into the argument. It’ll probably be a matter of time. I never want to tell Gareth what to do but his performances at the moment of a really high level.”

“He’s a big threat for us and a fantastic player. His game has really come on. He is a joy to watch when he’s not against you because he moves so well with the ball. He’s a really good player.”

Lampard will come up against former teammate John Terry who is currently the assistant coach at Villa.

When asked if Lampard would ever want to work alongside Terry, he said, “I can’t guess the future. I don’t know.

“It was never an option that was spoken about. I think John was very settled at Aston Villa.

“When I took the Derby job, he was already on his own path then and they obviously got promoted in the summer. John was very comfortable there and working away. I had my team that I worked with here.

“I think everyone has their own route. It’s not that I’m surprised, it’s just a path he’s chosen.”