Jack Grealish revealed that he would like to emulate England greats Paul Gascoigne and Wayne Rooney at Euro 2020. Grealish assisted Raheem sterling for the match-winner against the Czech republic. England will now face Germany in the round of 16 ties at Wembley. Grealish has nine caps under his belt and wants to showcase his talent on the world stage.
“Definitely. I have spoken about how big these tournaments can be in players’ careers.” Jack Grealish said amidst Euro 2020. “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,” he added. “I am hoping to follow in their footsteps and hopefully I can do that if I get more chances in this tournament.”
A goalless draw against Scotland increased the pressure on manager Gareth Southgate to start the Aston Villa captain. They never had a single shot on target throughout the game. Grealish also maintained that he thrives under pressure and is not weighed down by expectations.
“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.”