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Grealish: ‘I am hoping to follow in Wayne Rooney’s footsteps’

Wed 23 June 2021 | 12:00

Jack Grealish admitted that as he has never played in major tournaments before, Euro 2020 is different from what he is used to but it is also a chance for him to showcase his talent as he is trying to emulate Wayne Rooney.

Aston Villa captain

Jack Grealish

assisted match-winner Raheem Sterling in

England

’s 1-0 win over Czech in

Euro 2020

on Tuesday. England have won Group D and have set up a last-16 tie against France, Germany, Portugal, or Hungary, according to

Sky Sports

..

Grealish has made 9 appearances for his national team since his debut in September and is trying to make a telling impact for England at the tournament.

When he was asked if he believes Euro 2020 could be the making of him as a player, he answered:

"Definitely. I have spoken about how big these tournaments can be in players' careers.

"If you look back and think of Gazza at Italia 90, that is where he first made a… well he was obviously still well known before, but I think everyone remembers him for that tournament especially.

"You look at Wayne Rooney in Euro 2004 - I think that was where 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."

England’s 0-0 draw against Scotland on Friday added to the growing clamor for Grealish to be handed a starting role. He also insists that he is not under any pressure as he enjoys playing football all the time.

"I don't think it is pressure," he said. "I love playing football. That is what I am paid to do. That is what I have been born to do.

"I just play football every day of my life. When I go out there and play it is no pressure on me whatsoever. I go out there and just enjoy myself like I always do.

"I felt like I had a good performance good but I still maybe felt like in the second half I could have got on the ball a little more and probably tried to dictate the game a little more from an England point of view."

Grealish admitted that as he has never played in the Europa League or Champions League before, this tournament is different from what he is used to but it is also a chance for him to showcase his talent.

"I have never played in the Europa League or Champions League before, so it is obviously different to what I am used to," he added.

"I love it and if I perform on this stage it is a matter of showcasing my talent to the world and that is what I want to do."

Grealish also admired his teammate

Bukayo Saka

who was named man of their match against Czech.

"It is no surprise to us," Grealish said. “He has been training brilliantly. He was brilliant [on Monday] in training, so it was no surprise that he ended up starting the game.

"He is fearless and he is direct. He is only 19, still young, but he is obviously a great talent and a lovely kid as well.

"He is so liked in the changing room by everyone and by the coaching staff. He is just one of those kids you can just tell has come from a lovely background. He has got the world at his feet."


source: SportMob