Elsewhere Leeds bounced back well from going 1-0 down with a good finish by Klich and it’s all square at Selhurst Park between Brentford and Crystal Palace. Aston Villa and Newcastle both lost their opening game and are hoping to get their first win of the season at Villa Park, while Brentford hope to continue their good start away at Crystal Palace. The Aston Villa captain was eventually called up by Gareth Southgate for the Nations League double-header against Iceland and Denmark last September. Last night he was handed a first competitive start in the Nations League clash against Belgium. Grealish, who started both Euro 2020 warm-up wins last week, is one of 11 players in Southgate’s 26-man squad with less than 10 caps. “I think we have a young squad actually, I think I read someone say that we’re one of the youngest in the tournament if not the youngest and I think that can help us. With confidence being such an infectious trait on a football pitch, it appears Grealish can have a huge impact for both Manchester City and England in the coming years. “Super Jack Grealish,” they chant for the player recognizable for his swept-back hair and bulging calf muscles who is more used to being booed at Premier League stadiums.
Jack Grealish has finally made his first-team debut for England in the stalemate draw in Copenhagen tonight. Next up in Group D is the Auld Enemy at Wembley tonight – a fixture Merson believes the England boss could freshen things up with a number of changes. The World Cup is next year, closer than it usually would be but it’s still a fair distance away so you don’t exactly know how things are going to evolve. They have to know that I am not resting. He said: ‘We are fortunate to have him in England, West Ham are fortunate to have him. With the way things are going, Southgate and the rest of the country simply can’t afford to ignore ‘Super Jack’ any longer. We will have to wait and see, who is in form, who is fit and all those things. The decision caused a backlash against Grealish from the nation he had left behind and the wisdom of the call could have been questioned given he had to wait five years to make his senior England debut. The decision paid immediate dividends with Grealish setting up an England goal inside the first 12 minutes of the clash as his chipped cross from the left was nodded in by Raheem Sterling at the back post.
He’s had a few attempts from outside the post but it finally comes off for Raphinha as he pulls Leeds level at Elland Road. “So yes, I obviously changed to England and since then I never looked back. In the manager’s view, Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez hadn’t been tracking back enough and fulfilling their defensive responsibilities – and he wasn’t going to let the matter lie. Devastating by the champions as Riyad Mahrez gets in on the act. “You only really have to look at the players in my position, most of them have just come back from playing in the Champions League and Europa League final, whereas I’ve been injured for a while. Asked if he felt turning down a senior Republic of Ireland call-up now felt worthwhile, Grealish replied: “As I got older, I started playing obviously at Villa, in the first-team, I broke through. Grealish also recounted a story of how and why he had initially chosen to play for the Republic of Ireland – having qualified through his grandparents.
“When I was young, I got asked to play for England and Ireland at a tournament,” he said. I went away with England and I was in my room and I was collapsed, and I got sent home. “I got asked to play for both, I went away to play for England, I was in my room and I collapsed, the day before we were meant to be training and I got sent home. Went in off his knee but he gets off the mark for Man City. Grealish actually made his Villa debut at City back in May 2014 – and that 4-0 defeat proved to be the first of several hidings he took at their hands. Carragher now feels that it is make-or-break time for City to add a cutting edge to their intricate play, suggesting PSG prodigy Kylian Mbappe, whose contract expires next year, as another worthy transfer target.