Grealish told to play in top flight

England manager Gareth Southgate has told Jack Grealish that he may not get a chance at international level unless he plays regularly in the Premier League.

The Aston Villa midfielder has seven caps for England at under-21 level but has not yet received a call-up for the senior squad.

He last played in the top flight for Villa in 2016 but they have failed to win promotion since, losing in the Championship play-off final last season.

Grealish was then linked with a move away from Villa Park, Tottenham making bids that were rejected in the summer. The midfielder then pledged his future to Villa, signing a new five-year contract.

However, Southgate says that, if he is to achieve his international ambitions, Grealish will have to either get promoted with Villa or seek a move to a Premier League club.

The England boss said: "Although we can see the quality, when the evidence of the opponent is a different level, that's where it's hard to directly correlate what that's going to look like at a level above.

"With Callum [Hudson-Odoi], he's playing Europa League, he's playing Premier League – that does make a difference."

Southgate added that, as an ex-Villa player himself, he hoped to see Grealish and the club back in the top flight before too long.

Meanwhile Southgate is preparing his side to face Montenegro away in the Euro 2020 qualifiers on Monday night.

His side top Group A after starting their campaign with a 5-0 win at home to the Czech Republic on Friday, Raheem Sterling scoring a hat-trick.

They are 1/3 for the win on Monday with Montenegro 10/1 and the draw 7/2.

Sterling is 15/8 to score at any time on Monday while England are 7/1 to win the game 3-0.

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Farke fires Canaries warning

Head coach Daniel Farke has told his Norwich City team not to take anything for granted as the Championship promotion campaign enters its final crucial few weeks.

The Canaries opened up a four-point gap at the top of the standings by securing a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Rotherham United on Saturday, with City having now reeled off six consecutive league victories.

Their promotion hopes were also helped by closest challengers Leeds United losing 1-0 at home to Sheffield United, who took over in second place above their Yorkshire rivals.

However, Farke was eager to ensure that his players remain fully focused on the task in hands, with the Canaries hoping to return to the Premier League after three seasons in the second tier.

The German told the East Anglian Daily Times: "Of course we know the situation now. Not just to Sheffield United and Leeds United, but to improve the gap to West Brom and Middlesbrough.

"More or less we have a big chance to finish in the top four, but we know we are in the fight for automatic promotion.

"Some tough games still to come. In the Championship the momentum can swing quickly. We know we are in a brilliant position, but we know the hard work is still ahead."

Norwich are currently priced at 1/12 to earn promotion this season, while they are 8/15 to claim the Championship title.

Their next assignment is a tough one, as they head to the Riverside on Saturday 30th March to take on a Middlesbrough side who are battling to secure a top-six finish and a place in the play-offs.

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Sharp says Blades stuck at it

Billy Sharp said that Sheffield United survived a storm at Elland Road to take all three points and climb into the automatic promotion places in the Championship.

Leeds were second and United third going into the crucial Yorkshire derby and it was the home side who dominated the first half, though Dean Henderson in the Blades goal didn't have a great deal to do despite their pressure.

However, they did go close when a neat move found Tyler Roberts in the area and the striker's first-time shot hit the woodwork.

That was early in the second half but the Blades survived unscathed and were a more resolute outfit as the game went on, having possession of their own.

The decisive moment in the game came in the 71st minute when United took the lead, Sharp was instrumental, getting the ball and finding Chris Basham with the perfect pass, the midfielder letting strike from 20 yards out and finding the back of the net.

The home side went in search of an equaliser to stay second in the table but, in committing men forward they were vulnerable to the counter attack and Sharp was in a good position to take advantage and double the Blades lead only to be fouled outside the area by keeper Kiko Casilla who was sent off by the referee.

That happened as the game entered added time and there was no time for any sustained pressure from Leeds, the visitors holding out for a victory that takes them up to second in the table, a point ahead of Leeds.

Sharp afterwards said the side demonstrated great resilience to survive the Leeds pressure and get a vital result.

He said: "It's a great win at a very good team, they battered us for the first half hour, we thought that might happen – it was a great atmosphere and we stuck at it. We did the job and got three points.

"We've put ourselves in a good position, it's in our hands, if we can keep performing and grinding out wins we'll have a good chance."

The international break means the Blades are back in action in two weeks time when they are back home at Bramall Lane to take on another promotion rival in Bristol City.

United are 8/11 to win with City 4/1 and the draw 13/5. United are 5/1 to win the game 1-0.

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Monk desperate for derby glory

Birmingham City manager Garry Monk is optimistic about his team's chances of ending their dismal recent run against Aston Villa when they face their local rivals on Sunday.

The Blues have failed to win any of the last 14 derbies against Villa.

However, City are in a buoyant frame of mind having surged up the table after starting the season poorly and are 7/4 to beat Villa.

"We're all really looking forward to it," said former Swansea City, Middlesbrough and Leeds United boss Monk. "Everybody knows it's the first game you look for home and away, and this promises to be a special one at a packed St Andrew's.

"But as much as it's about bragging rights and the fans, three points is the most important thing.

"Their (Villa's) remit is to be promoted, ours is slightly different – but none of that matters in this game.

"I've got no doubt we've got the characters that will thrive in the atmosphere. You can never predict derbies because we've all seen so many different ones and things change very quickly in derbies, even during the games."

Mid-table Villa can be backed at 17/10 to beat Birmingham on Sunday.

Potter eyes consistent run

Graham Potter remains convinced his Swansea City team can put together a good run of results and secure a place in the Championship play-offs.

The Swans are currently seven points adrift of the top six and face a tough run of fixtures against Norwich City, West Brom and Nottingham Forest.

Potter said: "Anybody that can consistently win between now and the end of the season puts themselves in a very strong position, because there are plenty of points still to play for.

"It's obvious that if you can win a lot of games on the spin you can move up the table quite quickly and in a big way. Everyone will be saying the same thing, that's the nature of the Championship.

"If you look at our games between now and the end of the season, there are a lot in a small space of time and it's whether you can get on a run and get some momentum. If you could pick a time to do it, the time is now."

Swansea have not won more than two games in a row this season and are 50/1 to be promoted this season, while Norwich City can be backed at 1/5 to go up and Leeds United at 4/11.

Bruce ready for volatile derby

Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce knows that he will be given a hostile reception by Sheffield United fans in Monday's Steel City derby.

Bruce was a player-manager of the Blades during the 1998/99 season but has never been involved in a Sheffield derby before.

The former Manchester United defender has enjoyed a varied and successful managerial career since leaving Bramall Lane but insists he is ready for anything the Blades supporters have in store for him.

He said: "I'm a Newcastle fan and I managed Sunderland. I managed Birmingham and went to [Aston] Villa.

"It was 20 years ago I managed [Sheffield] United. I was player-manager to start with so it was an incredibly long time ago. When you have been doing it as long as me [management], the one thing you can guarantee is that you are going to get a bit of stick.

"I'm looking forward to whatever they call me. I'm sure they will have something up their sleeves but, as long as it is given in the right way, I will have a chuckle afterwards."

Sheffield United are third in the Championship table but will move up a place if they win Monday's match. The Owls are 14th but a victory in the derby clash would lift Bruce's team to within four points of the play-offs.

Wednesday are 11/4 to win the derby at Hillsborough on Monday while a United victory is available at 23/20. The Blades are 8/15 to be promoted this season.

Lampard rues loss of King

Derby County will be without loanee Andy King for the rest of the season due to an ankle injury sustained in the 1-0 loss at Nottingham Forest.

Thirty-year-old Wales international midfielder King joined the Rams right at the end of the January transfer window and made four appearances before seeing his campaign ended early by an injury which may require surgery.

County manager Frank Lampard told his club's official website: "We don't know the specifics yet, but the injury will take him to the end of the season.

"As we look at it now, we will miss him. He will go back there to work on his rehab and maybe speak to a surgeon on whether he needs surgery or not.

"We are a little up in the air at the moment, but it is a significant enough injury to rule him out.

"It adds to the injury list, particularly in midfield where we had injected a lot this season in terms of energy and quality.

"Some players who were here already that have done well – Tom Lawrence, Craig Bryson – and others who have come in – Mason Mount and Andy."

Having won only one of their last five Championship games, the Rams stand one place and two points outside the play-off places.

Their next games comes on Saturday when they head to Villa Park to take on Aston Villa, who have also suffered a loss of form in recent times – having not won in five league outings.

Derby can be backed at 12/5 to defeat the Villans, with a 1-1 draw priced at 11/2 and a 2-2 final scoreline 12/1.

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Bielsa maintains Whites belief

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has urged his side to continue to believe in their attacking qualities, following three losses in their last seven Championship games.

Despite the slight misfire, the Whites can move back to the top of the table with a win at home to West Bromwich Albion on Friday evening, with Bielsa telling his players to stick to the methods which have worked well for much of the campaign to date.

He told reporters at his pre-match briefing: "You can't train efficiency (in front of goal), but you can train the capacity to create chances to score.

"For me the fact that the team always deserves to score has huge value. I am happy when we score goals, because we deserve to score goals.

"And I don't make any conclusion when there is no correlation between the number of chances and the goals, or when it's the opposite."

Bielsa is hoping for a big reaction to the 1-0 reverse at Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday evening, when United drew a blank for the first time in nine league games.

Their meeting with the Baggies at The Hawthorns in November of last year ended in a comprehensive 4-1 victory for the hosts, with Pablo Hernandez netting a last-minute consolation for Leeds.

That victory made it four in a row for Albion against the Whites, who are 5/4 to win the game on Friday evening and 8/1 to do so by a 2-1 scoreline.

Meanwhile, Leeds can be backed at 8/15 to secure promotion this season.

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Pulis: It’s a great result

Tony Pulis believes Middlesbrough remain on track to finish in the Championship play-offs after beating QPR 2-0 on Saturday.

Jonny Howson and Ashley Fletcher grabbed the goals that consigned Steve McClaren's freefalling team to their seventh league defeat in a row.

Pulis had come under-fire for his team's poor recent results at the Riverside Stadium – they had won only two of their previous 11 home league games – but the former Stoke City manager was quick to look at the positives after Boro had won their 15th match of the campaign.

He said: "It's a great result. QPR are not as bad a team as some people think. They've got some good players and they played some good stuff at times.

"[Muhamed] Besic and Jon Obi [Mikel] really controlled the game. They're two good players, when they're playing like that. I thought Dael Fry was the best player on the pitch. Once Ashley Fletcher scores the second goal, it was just a case of managing the game.

"Again, the end-of-term report, if you like, is that we've missed four or five really good opportunities. But we've only lost one game this calendar year in the league, and that was away to Sheffield United with ten men. The boys deserve a tap on the back for that."

Boro are fifth in the Championship table and 5/2 to be promoted this season, while Sheffield United are 4/7 to go up, Norwich City 3/10 and Leeds United 4/11.

Roofe blow rocks Leeds

Leeds United striker Kemar Roofe faces a spell on the sidelines after it was confirmed that he damaged knee ligaments during the win against Swansea City.

However, the Championship side remain hopeful that the 26-year-old will play again this season.

Roofe suffered the injury during last Wednesday's 2-1 victory against the Swans at Elland Road and underwent scans on Monday morning that confirmed the extent of the damage.

A statement from the club read: "Leeds United forward Kemar Roofe will face a period on the sidelines following confirmation that he damaged knee ligaments during the win over Swansea City at Elland Road. Roofe will work hard with the medical team at Thorp Arch to return to action as quickly as possible."

Roofe, who has scored 14 goals this season, complained of pain in his knee the day after the match against Graham Potter's team, who beat Brentford 4-1 in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

Roofe missed six matches because of a calf strain in September and October.

Leeds are currently third in the Championship table and 2/5 to be promoted this season.

They entertain Bolton Wanderers on Saturday and are 2/9 to win the match. The struggling Trotters are 1/12 to be relegated this term.