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Southgate backs Grealish to shine

  • Published at 05:59 pm November 13th, 2020
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England's Jack Grealish in action in London Reuters

Asked on ITV if Grealish can play more frequently, Southgate replied a resounding yes

England manager Gareth Southgate said midfielder Jack Grealish can play more often for the national team on the evidence of his performances in Thursday’s 3-0 friendly win over Ireland.

Southgate had benched Grealish for last month’s Nations League games against Belgium and Denmark but handed the Aston Villa man his second England start, playing him in an advanced role on the left.

Asked on ITV if Grealish can play more frequently, Southgate replied a resounding yes.

Jack Grealish has welcomed comparisons to former England football team midfielder Paul Gascoigne after impressing on his first international start Thursday.

Posted by Sports Tribune on Saturday, 10 October 2020

England beat Ireland for the first time since 1985 thanks to goals by Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Southgate said he was particularly impressed with how Sancho and Grealish combined in attack.

England will be without injured striker Marcus Rashford and defender Conor Coady, who is self-isolating as a precaution, for their Nations League matches against Belgium Sunday and Iceland three days later.