At 25 years of age, it has taken a while for Jack Grealish to appear in elite football but the Aston Villa star announced his arrival with a stunning display on his first competitive match for England last night.
Evidence keeps stacking up for Grealish, who was the best player on the pitch in England’s 2-0 defeat against Belgium in a Nations League clash.
Besides outshining Kevin de Bruyne & next best England player on the pitch in Harry Kane, the Birmingham-born midfielder also pulled off this magical touch in the game –
Belgium took the lead with just 10 minutes on the clock as a deflected strike from Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans made it 1-0 for the hosts at Den Dreef.
Napoli’s Dries Mertens then struck a sublime free-kick to make it 2-0 for Roberto Martinez’s side.
The top ranked side in the world had to dig deep as England, led by Jack Grealish, applied constant pressure in the second half.
Jack Grealish was simply unmissable on the night as football fans claimed not only should be a regular England starter now but Gareth Southgate’s team should be built around the Villa talisman –
As disappointed as Gareth Southgate was after making the exit from the UEFA Nations League, the England manager didn’t forget to praise the ‘outstanding’ display from Grealish.
Southgate said – “What I saw I knew I would see, which was someone with the bravery to play.
“He took the ball in tight areas, his technique was good, he took players out of the the game, we knew he would buy a lot of free-kicks, which he did.
“He was outstanding and he should be delighted with the way he played. He is a different sort of a player, a different sort of a threat.
“I explained to him what we wanted to see when we brought him in in September.
“It has been helpful for him to bed into the group, so he knows the way we want to play and the players get an understanding with him.
“Today was a great game for us to see him in and see his level and I couldn’t speak highly enough of his performance.”