December 4, 2020

Makes it worth watching – How the national media rated class Jack Grealish in England win – Birmingham Live

Aston  Villa captain Jack Grealish has the national media purring again after his fine performance for England last night.

Gareth Southgate’s side eased to a comfortable 3-0 defeat of the Republic of Ireland at Wembley, Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all on target for the Three Lions.

Grealish set up Sancho’s goal to take his tally of contributions in the 2020-21 season to five goals and seven assists in 11 appearances across club and country.

The Villa skipper has further strengthened his case for a starting spot in Southgate’s side going forward after a build-up dominated by talk of a perceived reluctance to start Grealish over Chelsea star Mason Mount.

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Grealish showed exactly why he should be in the conversation for Nations League matches against Belgium and Iceland before the end of the international break while next summer’s Euro 2020 competition will also be firmly in his sights.

And he has the backing of the national press and then some.

Here’s how they rated the performance of Grealish last night…


“Took his fine club form onto the international stage against the country he represented at youth level,” PA write, scoring Grealish an eight-out-of-ten.

“Played a nicely-timed ball out for Sancho to score among a number of impressive passes.”


“Here, given a roving role, Grealish was in confident mood as he relished possession and was one of England’s main creative forces before being substituted and getting a warm embrace from his manager after a fine display,” wrote Phil McNulty, the BBC’s chief football writer

“It remains to be seen whether Grealish has done enough to figure more prominently in Southgate’s thoughts for the key clash in Belgium but there is no doubt he made another big impression, albeit in a game that occasionally resembled a practice session.”

Full piece HERE.

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The Independent

“Grealish again illustrated what is good about the game in general, and why he makes it worth watching. Just as against Wales, he sparkled. He brought life,” writes Miguel Delaney.

Grealish showed both England and Ireland what they’ve been missing, as well as why he simply must have a place in the starting XI.

Full piece HERE.

Sky Sports

Scoring Grealish a nine, they wrote: “Grealish’s inclusion had been a major talking point and he more than justified his selection, providing the assist for the second goal and creating many more chances before and after. The Villa captain drifted around, looked comfortable in possession and was involved in some promising combination play with several of his team-mates. The work rate was there too. Class.”

Full piece HERE.