By Amir Mir

Aston Villa winger Jack Grealish has expressed his happiness on Twitter after he was called up by England Under-21s.

Interim manager Aidy Boothroyd picked the 21-year-old Championship attacker for a double header of friendlies against Italy and France.

The Young Lions boss has selected a 23-man squad, which includes the likes of Ruben Loftus- Cheek, James Ward-Prowse and Callum Chambers.

Boothroyd’s side have already secured their place in next year’s UEFA European under-21 championships as they now step up their preparation for the tournament.

Firstly, they will host Italy at St. Mary’s on November 10, before travelling to France on November 14 for a tough away fixture.

Grealish, who has made five appearances for the Young Lions scoring two goals and supplying the same number of assists was delighted with his selection.

“Happy to be called up to the England Under-21s squad again for the games this month against Italy and France,” Grealish wrote on his personal Twitter account.

Before that the boyhood Villa fan will prepare for the visit of Blackburn Rovers on Saturday afternoon at Villa Park.

The club’s academy graduate has made 11 Championship and EFL Cup appearances this season, scoring two goals and supplying two assists.

He will be hoping to make the starting XI at the weekend as he has recently returned from a three-match suspension.

In other Aston Villa team news, Sky Sports pundit Ian Holloway has backed Steve Bruce’s side to have an easy ride against Blackburn.