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 outstanding efficiency towards the No.1 ranked aspect on the planet.
Sadly, it proved to be in useless as England noticed their Nations League hopes extinguished in Leuven.
The penultimate match of a difficult 12 months was all the time going to offer the Three Lions’ hardest check – and acted as a reminder of the work required earlier than the rearranged European Championship.
Southgate’s absentee-hit aspect couldn’t discover a well past one other of the favourites for subsequent summer time’s event, with Youri Tielemans’ deflected strike and a effective Dries Mertens free-kick securing the win for Roberto Martinez’s males.
Nonetheless, Gareth Southgate could 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% go success
- 76 touches
- 51 correct passes
- 12 duels gained
- four dribbles accomplished
- three pictures
- 2 probabilities created
- 2 correct lengthy balls
- 2 key passes
- 1 aerial gained
- 1 restoration
- Most fouled participant on the pitch
Bent additionally commented: “What a efficiency from Jack Grealish, suppose you might want to add his title 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 motive for England to be constructive after Sunday night time’s defeat.
Cole merely replied: “Yeah, Jack Grealish!”