Jack Grealish will undoubtedly be feeling bittersweet about his first aggressive begin for England after the Three Lions slumped to a 2-Zero defeat towards Belgium.
The Aston Villa captain proved to the final remaining few who doubted his worldwide credentials with an excellent efficiency towards the No.1 ranked facet on this planet.
Sadly, it proved to be in useless as England noticed their Nations League hopes extinguished in Leuven.
The penultimate match of a difficult yr was at all times going to supply the Three Lions’ hardest check – and acted as a reminder of the work required earlier than the rearranged European Championship.
Southgate’s absentee-hit facet couldn’t discover a well past one other of the favourites for subsequent summer season’s event, with Youri Tielemans’ deflected strike and a high quality Dries Mertens free-kick securing the win for Roberto Martinez’s males.
Nevertheless, Gareth Southgate can have been buoyed by Grealish’s efficiency because the Aston Villa captain introduced all the standard he has proven within the Premier League to the worldwide stage.
Former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was effusive in his reward for the 25-year-old, gushing reward on Twitter.
He wrote: “Nice character Jack Grealish.”
Former England strikers Gary Lineker and Darren Bent, additionally heaped reward on the midfielder, taking the chance to credit score the star man.
Lineker wrote: “Love watching Jack Grealish, such a pleasant midfielder.”
JACK GREALISH STATS VS BELGIUM
The Aston Villa captain confirmed he deserves to be an England common
- 89% cross success
- 76 touches
- 51 correct passes
- 12 duels received
- four dribbles accomplished
- three pictures
- 2 probabilities created
- 2 correct lengthy balls
- 2 key passes
- 1 aerial received
- 1 restoration
- Most fouled participant on the pitch
Bent additionally commented: “What a efficiency from Jack Grealish, assume you might want to add his identify alongside Kane and Sterling as a should begin going ahead.”
Talking on punditry obligation for Sky Sports activities, Ashley Cole was requested if there was any purpose for England to be optimistic after Sunday night time’s defeat.
Cole merely replied: “Yeah, Jack Grealish!”