Wed 22 March 2023 | 20:01

"I can't speak highly enough of him" - Grealish happy with Southgate's decision to stay

Manchester City forward Jack Grealish is delighted that Gareth Southgate decided to remain as England's manager after the World Cup.

Following their World Cup quarter-final defeat to France in December, Gareth Southgate decided to stay as England’s manager until the Euro 2024.

Ahead of the match against Italy in the Euro 2024 qualifier round on Thursday, Grealish revealed that England players are happy with Southgate’s decision.

"I was buzzing,"

Grealish told reporters.

"Gareth called me up to my first squad, he gave me my debut and he has given me chances to play for my country – it's the best thing that can happen to you as a player.

"Go and ask anyone in that changing room what they think of Gareth and they would all say the same. He is a brilliant manager and a brilliant person as well.

"I can't speak highly enough of him for what he has done for me."

England lost in the Euro 2020 final, and next year’s tournament will be Southgate's fourth major tournament as England manager. Grealish thinks their experience will help them in Germany.

"We have come close so many times,"

said the Manchester City star.

"The last three tournaments have been a semi-final, a final and then the quarters.

"I think it is obvious what we want to do and I think we are getting better and better. Players are coming through and playing with so much confidence.

"I feel like the next one really could be our one. Everyone will be in their prime. I actually feel old at the moment but when I think about it, I will only be 28 at the Euros.

"It's no secret that we all want to win a tournament – and I do think it is there to be done."

Grealish, who became the most expensive English player when for £100million in 2021, has scored three goals, provided seven assists and created 61 chances in 36 appearances for Man City this season.

He added:

"I feel I am in the best form since I moved to City. I feel a bit like I did when I was at Aston Villa.

"I feel like one of the main players and it is the fittest I've been. That comes down to playing a lot of games on the bounce and playing in big games and making an impact, like scoring against Arsenal and [Manchester] United and getting assists at Chelsea away and Arsenal in the cup.

"I'm really confident at the moment. [Pep Guardiola] is trusting me in big games and I do feel I have repaid him, played my part, done well."



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