Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has stated that he desires to emulate England legends Paul Gascoigne and Wayne Rooney.
Grealish made his first begin on the European Championships on Tuesday as England beat Czech Republic 1-0 at Wembley Stadium.
When requested whether or not he thought his exploits at Euro 2020 might hearth him onto one other stage, the 25-year-old have an unequivocal reposnse.
“Definitely – I have spoken about how big these tournaments can be in players’ careers,” stated Grealish as quoted by Sky Sports.
“If you look again and consider Gazza at Italia 90, that’s the place he first made a… properly he was clearly nonetheless well-known earlier than, however I feel everybody remembers him for that match particularly.
“You have a look at Wayne Rooney in Euro 2004 – I feel that was the place he set his marker to say ‘I am going to be one of the best in the world’.
“I am hoping to follow in their footsteps, and hopefully I can do that if I get more chances in this tournament.”
Since making his worldwide debut final September, Grealish has gone on to win 9 caps for the Three Lions, and plenty of really feel that he needs to be an essential element of Gareth Southgate’s beginning XI.
England’s win over the Czechs implies that they may face off towards both France, Germany or Portugal within the final 16 of the Euros.
There is little doubt that the primary knockout sport for the Three Lions might be harder than their group stage video games.
England had been largely unconvincing throughout the opening part, though they may take coronary heart from conserving three clear sheets.
If England find yourself falling within the final 16, loads of questions might be requested about Southgate’s tactical acumen as supervisor, particularly as he has a number of the world’s finest gamers at his disposal.
Meanwhile, Grealish continues to be linked with a transfer away from Villa Park, with Manchester City tipped as his subsequent vacation spot.
With Grealish approaching the height of his profession, many followers really feel that the time is correct to affix a membership the place he has a real likelihood of successful silverware.
Read: Euro 2020 Diary – England should maintain the brakes off, Scotland fluff their strains, pray for followers abroad.