Jack Grealish: England midfielder says he ‘loves pressure’ after impressing in Belgium | Football News

first_img Ashley Cole and Jamie Redknapp discuss what Jack Grealish offers England and how he fits into Gareth Southgate’s system England’s hopes of reaching the Nations League finals were ended as they lost 2-0, but Grealish earned man-of-the-match honours as Gareth Southgate’s side produced an encouraging second-half display.“I absolutely loved it,” Grealish told Sky Sports. Harry Kane said he enjoyed playing alongside Jack Grealish in the Aston Villa man’s first competitive start for England against Belgium on Sunday 4:38 – Advertisement – Gareth Southgate praised the performance of Jack Grealish in England’s Nations League defeat to Belgium “For me, this is what I have been waiting for. These are the games that I dreamed of playing in. This is what I love, the pressure of needing to play well.”Grealish’s initial failure to break into Southgate’s squad – and then into his starting lineup – has been a bone of contention among many onlookers, who are convinced the 25-year-old offers a level of creativity that England are otherwise missing.While Grealish has made a fine start to the Premier League season, scoring four goals and providing six assists in Villa’s opening seven games, it was perhaps only injuries to first-team regulars Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling that saw him given his chance.Asked if Grealish had moved up the pecking order, Southgate told Sky Sports: “Yeah, 100 per cent.“I sort of explained to him what we wanted to see when we brought him in in September. I think it’s been helpful for him to bed in with the group so that he knows the way we want to play and the players get an understanding with him. And today was a great game for us to see him in and to see the level, and I couldn’t speak highly enough of his performance.“What I saw that I knew I would see was somebody with the bravery to play. I think he took the ball in tight areas, his techniques were good, he took players out of the game – we knew he would buy a lot of free kicks, which of course he did. I just thought he was outstanding and he should be absolutely delighted with the way he played.” Jack Grealish England Chat Thumbnail England captain Harry Kane provided an additional stamp of approval on Grealish’s display.“Fantastic player, really like him, really like training with him,” Kane told Sky Sports.“It was great to get out there on the pitch with him today. You can see his qualities on the ball, once he gets on it he’s not afraid one-v-one, always looking for that pass forward, which is obviously great for a striker.“So really positive signs, he’s obviously been on great form for his club as well, so he’s just got to keep his head down, keep working hard as he has done and I’m sure he will get plenty of opportunities in an England shirt.”Despite the high praise from coach and captain, Grealish is refusing to get ahead of himself and remains aware of the hard work that will be required to keep his place in the starting lineup. – Advertisement – Jack Grealish was the star of the show even in defeat for England and now his manager Gareth Southgate sees it too, writes Adam Bate.“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood,” wrote George Orwell. This was the night, surely, even in a 2-0 defeat to Belgium that ended England’s Nations League hopes, that Gareth Southgate came to understand Jack Grealish.The touch that will be remembered for some time came in the 79th minute, a delicate caress with the outside of his right boot that deceived Thomas Meunier and allowed Grealish to race free. The pass to Harry Kane that followed proved it was not just for show.There were plenty of them on a night when England lost but Grealish won. The debate about whether he should be in this squad is over. Discussion over whether he has a place in this team should stop too. A more fitting question is whether he is now England’s best player. Jack Grealish impressed on his first competitive start for England 5:51 Jack Grealish says he “loved the pressure” that came with making his first competitive start for England as he starred despite a Nations League defeat to Belgium.The Aston Villa midfielder started last month’s friendly victory over Wales but had lodged just 14 minutes of competitive action – in September’s 0-0 draw in Denmark – before Sunday’s encounter with the world’s top-ranked side in Brussels.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Jack Grealish in action for England against BelgiumImage:Jack Grealish produced a brilliant performance for England against Belgium 0:27 “He’s [Southgate] just obviously praised me after the game, which is obviously nice,” Grealish said.“He’s been brilliant with me since I first come here in September. He’s told me what I need to do to get into the side and I’ve gone away and worked on that. At the end of the day that’s what you need to do in football, there’s only one person that you need to impress if you want to get in the team and that’s the manager.“You look around the changing room and there’s unbelievable talent. There’s people that weren’t in this squad, the likes of Marcus and Raheem, there’s even Jadon (Sancho), Phil (Foden), there’s Mason (Mount) – all in my position, who are all world-class players.“Especially the two that aren’t here at the moment, Raheem and Marcus, when they’ve both been here I’ve tried to learn little bits off them and hopefully I can continue to do that because it would obviously be a dream for me to play with them one day.”Grealish genius earns Southgate trustlast_img read more

NFL Week 16 preview: New England Patriots, Houston Texans look to clinch divisions

first_img LIVE TV Written By The Patriots have scored seven non-offensive touchdowns this season.3 key matchups to follow for #BUFvsNE: https://t.co/OHnTDTfeE1 pic.twitter.com/PyMKGdzqMS— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) December 19, 2019 The Texans need just one win to clinch the AFC South, but the Buccaneers have impressed in recent weeks. With two games left in the regular season, Jameis Winston will look to assert himself as the decision regarding his future with the Bucs draws near. Interestingly, in Week 15, Jameis Winston became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 450 or more yards in consecutive games. However, the Bucs will have to field a majorly depleted side against the Texans, owing to the mounting number of injuries in their squad.  Also Read | NFL Pro Bowl 2020 Rosters: Baltimore Ravens Tie Pro Bowl Record, Lamar Jackson Leads COMMENT First Published: 20th December, 2019 17:42 IST WATCH US LIVE In their Week 4 matchup, the Buffalo Bills restricted Patriots star Tom Brady to one of his more subdued showings in the NFL. The four-time Super Bowl MVP failed to register a single touchdown against the Bills last time around. With the Buffalo Bills boasting a stellar defence and the Patriots’ offence struggling to link up play, the Bills vs Patriots game could very well be a case of the tighter defence winning the game and, quite possibly, the AFC East. Also Read | NFL Playoffs: AFC, NFC Standings After Week 15 That Witnessed Multiple Records Being MadeNFL Week 16: Cowboys vs Eagles could decide NFC Easy #ChiefsKingdom#Bears100Which side are you on?📺: #KCvsCHI — SUNDAY 8:20pm ET on NBC📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app pic.twitter.com/o2otmUcSKD— NFL (@NFL) December 20, 2019 The Dallas Cowboys finally got back to winning ways after that win against the Rams in Week 15. That was arguably the Cowboys’ best game this season, but it remains to be seen whether they can repeat that showing against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 16. The Eagles’ last two wins saw them scrape through against the Giants and the Redskins. While the Cowboys did get the better of the Eagles in their previous matchup, with the NFC East crown at stake, this game could go either way. Also Read | LA Rams Suffer HUGE 21-44 Defeat To Dallas Cowboys As Jason Garrett’s Side Dominate FieldNFL Week 16: Tampa Bay Buccaneers look to spoil Houston Texans’ partycenter_img This Saturday, it’s Buccaneers vs. Texans#GoBucs pic.twitter.com/kIEut8XHxh— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) December 19, 2019 SUBSCRIBE TO US Also Read | NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars Release Top Executive After Pressure From NFLPANFL Week 16: Bills could pip the Patriots to the AFC East crown The playoffs berths may have been all but secured, but NFL Week 16 could still throw up some surprises, especially in the NFC. A look at the fixtures in the AFC, however, throws up the Buffalo Bills’ matchup against the New England Patriots. After being engulfed in controversy in the last couple of weeks, it will be interesting to see the Patriots go up against the steely defence of the Buffalo Bills. Here is our preview of NFL Week 16. Last Updated: 20th December, 2019 17:42 IST NFL Week 16 Preview: New England Patriots, Houston Texans Look To Clinch Divisions NFL Week 16 could see two teams clinch the division. The New England Patriots could wrap up the AFC East, whereas the Texans look to clinch the AFC South. week 16 prep #DallasCowboysfull 📷 gallery → https://t.co/kKpVwwvsyb pic.twitter.com/EijYChofFA— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) December 20, 2019 Colin DCunha FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Manchester United Helping B&H Homeless Team

first_imgThe famous football club Manchester United is helping the B&H Homeless Team in little football, and cooperation will continue next year.Lindsey Claire, coordinator of the project stayed in B&H at the end of October, where we became familiar with the work of the B&H Homeless Team and its impact on the players and society. Then, in recent days we had a return visit to England, to FC Manchester United. They wish to help us, as well as all countries that have a homeless team, said Elmedin Škrebo, selector of the B&H homeless team.The B&H Homeless Team will travel to England in Spring 2014, where they will have trainings, which will be organized by Foundation Manchester United.On this occasion, they will visit all training camps that the Foundation MU, partner of the World Cup for the Homeless (HWC), implements with the help of 10 professional clubs, member of the Premiere League and Championship.The aim of the B&H Homeless Team in 2014 is participation at the World Cup in Chile.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more