Gareth Southgate believes that Jack Grealish needs to improve his tactical know-how if he wants to become a regular starter for England. They grabbed their first point of the Nations League thanks to Harry Kane’s 50th goal for his country. England was toothless until Jack Grealish came on and changed the complexion of the game. He influenced the game from the left to help push for the equalizer.
“He can do both. If we didn’t trust him we wouldn’t put him on the pitch with 20 minutes to go in the belief he can make a difference. At the start of the game, the challenge for the wide players was to attack, defend and try and score goals – high tactical level and you’ve got to be spot on – and that’s an area Jack can get better at,” Gareth Southgate said about Jack Grealish. “What he did do was carry the ball as the game opened up with a little bit more space and opportunity. The impact both he and Jarrod Bowen had was really important in those attacking areas. There is a good challenge there among those players but we’ve got to keep pushing them.”
“I was pleased with the level of performance. This type of fixture challenges everything; technical, tactical, physical, and psychological, and players had to give everything to get a result. In the first half, we were OK but the quality of our passing wasn’t at the level it needed to be,” he added. “In the second half, we were passive in that period when we conceded but the response was fantastic. With the quality of our attacking play, we created quality chances and deserved something from the game. That’s a huge credit to the players in showing that mentality not to give in and to keep pushing.”