Jack Grealish set for first England start


Aston Villa captain, Jack Grealish, is poised to make his first international start tonight as England host Wales.

Grealish, who made his debut against Denmark last month has seemingly impressed England boss, Gareth Southgate, with a scintillating display against Liverpool on Sunday, captaining his side to a 7-2 victory.

Southgate said: “He’ll play minutes in this camp for sure, but I don’t want to put additional pressure on him.

“I want him to go and enjoy his football, do what he does with his club and that, I’m sure, will add to the performance of the team.”

The Villa captain was one of the driving forces in their win against reigning Premier League champions Liverpool, scoring twice and adding three assists to his tally. Villa currently sit second in the table after winning all three of their games this season.

Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Southampton’s Danny Ings are also reportedly set to start in a very attacking front three alongside Grealish.

Gareth Southgate has also allowed Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho to join the rest of the team after being caught breaking the COVID-19 government guidelines, as they threw a surprise birthday party for the ex-Villa striker.

England face Wales tonight at Wembley in anticipation towards their UEFA Nations league fixture against Belgium on Sunday.


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