Jack Grealish revealed that he is prepared to take the kicks and bruises in order to help England succeed at Euro 2020. The Aston Villa captain was the stand-out performer in a 1-0 win against Austria. He provided the assist for Bukayo Saka’s winning goal. Grealish was the most fouled player in the Premier League and much of the same was seen against Austria. He missed a number of matches in the second half of the season due to a shin injury. Although he is still recovering, he says he does not mind being the foul guy.
“Yeah, of course,” Grealish said when asked about kicks being a compliment. “Not so much for Villa because we haven’t got that many good free-kick takers but here we’re blessed with them. We have Tripps (Kieran Trippier), we have H (Harry Kane). The standard here when we do free-kicks after training is just unbelievable.”
“So as long as I can keep getting as many fouls in and around the box…a coach always said to me when I was younger, it was actually Martin O’Neill,” he added. “He said to me: ‘You never, ever want to get kicked in your own half or anything because there’s no point, you can’t do anything there. Try and get kicked around the edge of the box or in the box as much as possible. I was a bit young and I thought, ‘Ah, OK.”
Jack Grealish revealed he was wary of getting injured before Euro 2020 but he understands that is how he plays the game. He also mentioned how much he missed being part of the squad in 2018. “Even when I was in the squad the other day, I got the number seven shirt and got so many messages from family and friends saying they were going out straight away to buy a shirt,” he concluded.