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Jack Grealish has ‘scary’ warning for England’s Euro 2020 rivals ahead of Ukraine clash

Jack Grealish has warned England’s remaining rivals at the Euros their firepower is “scary”. The England super-sub branded Harry Kane the “best player I have ever played with” and told Euro 2020 quarter-final opponents Ukraine that Gareth Southgate is sifting through an embarrassment of attacking riches ahead of Saturday night’s clash in Rome.

“You have got six players that play either side of Harry that, in reality, could play for most clubs in the world,” said Grealish.

“Myself, Jadon [Sancho], Marcus [Rashford], Raheem [Sterling], Phil Foden and Bukayo [Saka]. That’s scary how good us six are. That’s not being big-headed or nothing. That is just the truth.

“Gareth has all these attacking players that play week in, week out at their clubs. But he can’t play all six of us. He can’t play everyone.”

Despite Southgate’s cautious set-up and England’s modest tally of four goals in four games at the tournament, Grealish feels the side has the potency to unsettle any team.

But he cautioned against over-confidence after the win over Germany on Tuesday and predicted England will be a team with a target on their backs.

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“It would be unbelievable, wouldn’t it a final at Wembley but there’s been so many games that you wouldn’t expect that have gone a different way this Euros so far,” he said.

“Honestly, I think people would probably want to beat us because of who we are as well.

“I feel we just need to take each game as it comes, because I do know that Saturday will be a tough, tough game.

“It’s our first game away from Wembley in this tournament. It’s going to be different.

“We were over the moon when we beat Germany but it’s time to shift our focus on to Saturday’s game and we did that the moment we came in.

“It’s a knockout game and Ukraine are a good side. They are not here for no reason.”

A dishevelled Grealish belatedly emerged at St George’s Park on Thursday with apologies for being an hour late. He had been taking an afternoon nap, a daily ritual.

“I try and get fans off their seats. I try and attack as much as possible and I think that’s what fans want to see. I know what I am good at. I try and be as positive as possible all the time, no matter who I am coming up against. Whether it’s the lowest ranked team or the highest,” he said.

“It’s obviously one of the best feelings ever when they’re calling for your name.

“It’s nice when Villa fans are doing it, but you kind of expect it because you are one of them. But when it’s England fans, it’s different. Honestly it’s an unbelievable feeling.

“I always try and play with a smile on my face because I’m doing what I love. But then again, I think if I wasn’t a footballer and I was just with my mates and stuff I would just love to be doing what they’re doing. I’d be traveling everywhere watching England, being in pubs and stuff. I’d f***ing love it.”

If he hadn’t made it as a footballer, he could have followed his dad into plastering – although that wouldn’t have been his preferred avenue.

“Club promoter in Tenerife. Or Ibiza. I would be getting everyone into the club!” he said.

Grealish switched back to fan mode after the win over Germany when he got back to England’s Staffordshire base late on Tuesday night.

“I didn’t sleep until 4. I can never sleep after games. I was just sitting in my room and luckily the game was back on my TV in the hotel so I just whacked it on. I watched the whole lot,” he said.

“I saw some people say Germany it was an average Germany side. I don’t think it was at all. They had brilliant players all over the pitch.

“It was unbelievable in the dressing room. It was obviously good vibes as you can expect.”

The show rolls on to Rome with England strong, confident and united.

“It’s like a group of friends playing together,” said the Aston Villa captain. “You have rivalries on a Saturday and then you come here and people are getting on like a house on fire. I didn’t think I would ever be hugging a Blue in Jude (Bellingham).”

Author: Neil Squires
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Pep Guardiola moves closer to 'dream' Man City team with possible Jack Grealish transfer

Pep Guardiola will move closer to having his dream Manchester City team if the club confirms the signing of Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish. England star Grealish, who is on international duty at Euro 2020, is reportedly close to a huge £100million move to the Premier League champions.

The 25-year-old has spent his entire career at Villa – aside from time on loan at Notts County in 2013 – but appears set to depart his boyhood club.

Grealish scored six league goals and provided a further 12 assists last term despite missing nearly two months with a knee injury.

Man City boss Guardiola is keen to further improve his squad despite finishing 12 points above top-flight runners-up and rivals Manchester United.

The Red Devils, alongside Chelsea and Liverpool, will likely heavily strengthen their ranks to try to catch up with City.

Losing the Champions League final against Chelsea has likely convinced Guardiola that he must improve his options to finally win Europe’s top prize.

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Kane, albeit a striker, is known to enjoy dropping deep and making passes. The England captain often played as an attacking midfielder while coming through Spurs’ academy.

Phil Foden has played in wide positions under Guardiola despite being recognised as more of a midfielder.

Guardiola’s full-backs are comfortable on the ball. The 50-year-old converted Oleksandr Zinchenko from a central midfielder into a left-back. Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo are excellent in possession.

Even goalkeeper Ederson is famous for his varied range of passes.

TalkSPORT claim that Grealish is closing in on a British record transfer to City, who next season will try to win their fourth title in their previous six campaigns.

“I like players with the ability to keep the ball, it is one of the biggest principles I look for,” Guardiola said in April.

“The ball is the best way to defend and people have to keep the ball in difficult circumstances.

“In all my career, I have played with a lot of midfield players.

“I have the feeling that you can play better with this, but at the same time we need everyone.

“Gabriel was so important this season, and I’m not going to talk about how important Kun (Sergio Auguero) has been and was in the past.

“Unfortunately, he was injured most of the last year but now he is fit again.

“Raheem again – everyone is important but I have to admit that the players know I like it when they keep the ball and after we see what I produce with that.”

And if Grealish joins, it looks like Guardiola’s dream will be a reality.

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Manchester City 'close to signing Jack Grealish from Aston Villa' as fee details emerge

Manchester City are on the verge of snapping up Jack Grealish from Aston Villa for ‘around £100million’, reports say. The playmaker is currently on international duty with England at Euro 2020. And he looks set to become Pep Guardiola’s first signing of the summer transfer window.

Manchester City won the Premier League title last term, with Guardiola’s side cruising to the prize and finishing way ahead of rivals Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.

But, after losing the Champions League final to Thomas Tuchel’s side, they’re now keen to bolster their ranks.

And talkSPORT have claimed City are on the verge of signing Grealish ‘for around £100million’ as they look to defend their title and conquer Europe next time out.

The playmaker flourished for Dean Smith’s side last term, scoring six goals and registering 10 assists in the Premier League.

And with City seeing Raheem Sterling experience a difficult campaign, they’re now going after Grealish with everything they’ve got.

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Tottenham want £150million for their prized asset and, presently, City aren’t prepared to go that high.

Spurs have made it clear it’ll take a record fee to let Kane go and they believe the England international is crucial to their plans going forward.

City have also been linked with Pau Torres.

But whether they challenge United for the signing of the Spain international, who is also at Euro 2020, remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, Grealish has opened up on playing for England at Euro 2020, insisting he just wants to enjoy himself.

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“There is nothing to say I can’t perform at this level,” Grealish said.

“You all know how much confidence I have in myself to be able to perform and I felt I did that with my assist. I felt I could have still created a few more chances but we got the win and that was the main thing.

“I felt fine out there fitness-wise. It was a good team performance from the boys against a team that hadn’t lost in their two games in the tournament.

“I don’t think it’s pressure at all, I love playing football and that is what I am paid and what I was born to do.

“I just love playing football every day of my life and when I go out there, there is no pressure on me whatsoever. I just enjoy myself like I always do. I felt in the second half I still could have got on the ball a little bit more and tried to dictate the game a bit more from an England point of view.”

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England team news leaked with Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho set for Czech Republic snubs

But they’re still to start at Euro 2020 and, despite the Three Lions already being through to the next stage of the tournament, it seems like they’ll have to wait a little longer.

While Mason Mount is isolating after coming into close contact with Scotland’s Billy Gilmour, it’s Jude Bellingham who will supposedly start instead.

And that will disappoint supporters who had hoped to see Grealish start, especially given his status as one of the team’s most entertaining players.

Regarding Sancho, the forward appears to be closing in on a move to Manchester United.

But Southgate, speaking recently, insisted he would be careful about how to use the 21-year-old – citing his lack of experience at major tournaments as a factor behind his stance.

“We’ve got some explosive options and a lot of them are young players and experiencing a big tournament for the first time,” he said after the Scotland game.

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Gareth Southgate must avoid Jack Grealish Euros mistake – England need Aston Villa star

I know it’s a busy day Up There but a quiet Easter Sunday prayer should anyone be available. Please God, let Gareth Southgate’s list of horrible phone calls not include Jack Grealish.
Grealish has a mind which contains a Pandora’s Box of possibilities and a tool box which can turn those thoughts into reality for England but out of sight can become out of mind. With Grealish absent from Southgate’s most recent international squad because of injury, there is a danger that the England manager’s attention may have shifted elsewhere.

Southgate had to be dragged kicking and screaming to include Grealish in the first place back last September, remember.

But if the Poland victory showed anything – apart from that some prayer space also needs to be reserved ahead of the Euros for John Stones good days – it was that England need Grealish. Not as a starter but as a match-turner off the bench.

It took 86 minutes for England to bring on a substitute against the Poles. That was Reece James for Phil Foden as Southgate moved to a back five to shore up the defence after Harry Maguire had just given them the lead.

Up until then, with England chasing a goal which stubbornly refused to come, nothing.

Southgate considered his alternative options but rejected them all. The outcome justified his decision to stick rather than twist but looking forward it is a concern.

It was a substitute – Eder – whose goal won Portugal the Euros against France in extra time five years ago. This time around, with an expanded five permitted per team, bench firepower is likely to be even more important.

The lack of incendiary options at Southgate’s disposal at Wembley on Wednesday night makes the case for Grealish for the Euros unanswerable.

He is a lock picker who can pull a tiring defence to pieces.

His form for Aston Villa before the shin injury which has kept him out of the club’s last six games has been outstanding. For England too he has more than looked the part.

The highlights reel flick which nonplussed Thomas Meunier against Belgium in November was high-class showmanship but with a purpose. It won Grealish and England space. That level of imagination and implementation could make all the difference at the Euros.

Southgate’s insistence he will select an attacking-minded 23 with a maximum of eight defenders sounds promising.

His reservation, if he is thinking of Grealish as an impact player rather than a starter, is how a sub tag will sit with an individual who is used to being a leading man rather than a support actor.

The England manager already knows his preferred 23 but it will be subject to adjustment for injuries before it has to be confirmed publicly on June 1.

They can strike anywhere at inconvenient moments as Grealish has found. But while his six-week absence has no doubt been a personal frustration and sapping for Aston Villa, it may prove a blessing in terms of a summer international tournament.

When others are on their knees after congested domestic seasons Grealish, who is slated to return today for his club against Fulham, should be in good shape for England.

A fresh Grealish trotting onto the pitch, socks round his ankles with half an hour left and a tournament in the balance?

No defence in Europe will want to see that.

My England XI to face Croatia in the opening game of the Euros: Pickford; Alexander-Arnold, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; J Henderson, Foden, Mount; Rashford, Kane, Sterling.

Substitutes: D Henderson, Pope, Chilwell, Mings, Coady, Walker, Rice, Sako, Grealish, Ward-Prowse, Calvert-Lewin, Sancho.

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But it seems Pep Guardiola wants Grealish instead, with the Aston Villa star scoring six goals and registering 10 assists from 22 top flight matches.

If United sign Neto, history suggests he’d be a big hit at the Theatre of Dreams.

The club have had great success with Portuguese players over the years, starting with Ronaldo’s arrival from Sporting Lisbon 18 years ago.

The Juventus star arrived as a replacement for David Beckham and, after taking a little while to adjust to life in England, ended up being a huge hit by propelling them to three straight Premier League titles.

Nani touched down from Sporting in 2007 and, like Ronaldo, enjoyed much success throughout his time at the club.