“At Villa he’s trying to play like the school captain. To take it all on himself. I don’t think he trusts his team-mates there, and it’s probably hurt his England chances.
“Southgate must look at him and wonder if he’s disciplined enough. If he would fit into a different mould for England. Or try to do too much still.
“At a bigger club he would have to adapt. He would find a position and fit into a system and trust his team-mates because they would be on his wavelength.”
Merson added that Southgate doesn’t usually play with a No 10 in his side, either.