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

OPT expands to Houston to explore oil & gas chances

first_imgUS-based wave energy developer Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) has established an office in Houston, Texas, to support its oil & gas business development activities.OPT said its Houston presence is intended to foster new opportunities such as commercial contracts and strategic partnerships by establishing relationships throughout the sales cycle with solution evaluators, implementers and end users.David Marchetti, OPT’s new Director of Global Applications, will manage the company’s daily business development activities in Houston, OPT informed.With 28-year career in the oil and gas industry, Marchetti had held various positions spanning from business development, engineering and product development, manufacturing and operations, to aftermarket.George Kirby, President and Chief Executive Officer of OPT, said: “Our expansion to Houston is a direct reflection of the interest level we’re seeing in the oil and gas industry, as well as in other industries targeted for our products and services. Having a presence in Houston’s vibrant oil & gas hub is a critical part of serving prospective US and international customers.”To remind, OPT formed a strategic alliance with Houston-based HAI Technologies in February 2017 to pursue mutual opportunities in the oil & gas sector through a joint applications development and marketing agreement.OPT has developed PowerBuoy device that harvests the energy of the waves, and can act as both power and communication platform for remote offshore applications.Its PowerBuoy portfolio includes power output ranges up to 3kW and up to 15kW, with its commercial PB3 PowerBuoy, and PB15 which is still under development. PB3 PowerBuoy (Photo: OPT)last_img read more

Guyanese, Jamaicans and Africans worst treated at TT detention center

first_imgImmigrants from Guyana, Jamaica and Africa are being unfairly singled out for bad treatment at the Aripo Immigration Center in Trinidad and Tobago according to the advocacy body, The Emancipation Support Group.Khafra Kambon, chairman of the Emancipation Support Group, is upset that despite repeated efforts to meet with TT’s National Security Minister Edmund Dillon, the minister has not dignified their efforts with a response.“We have sought meetings with Minister Dillon, we have written, we have called we have not been able to get a meeting with Minister Dillon so far. So that creates an additional problem,” Khambon told the Trinidad Express.Indefinite detention is tortureKhambon said there are persons who have been detained for more than four years. Some have lost their mental faculties due to the ordeal while others have attempted suicide.“It’s very heartbreaking because you cannot treat human beings like that. Indefinite detention is considered a form of torture on other jurisdictions,” said Khambon.“A lot of abuse is taking place in this system. The stories are unbelievable as to what some of these people are subjected to. There are people who have tripped off under those conditions. It’s a real torture when you have no pathway to get out and day after day you are hoping for something to happen. It affects your mind. There are people who have suffered mentally in there,” he said.Squalid conditionsHe said even officers and employees at the center have complained about the squalid conditions.Khambon indicated lawyers have initiated legal action to help a couple detainees but the process is long and costly. The inmates need more lawyers to come on board and assist to get these people help.DiscriminationSome detainees face acts discrimination from the center’s employees.“For all the years we have been involved in this, we have said there’s a clear pattern of discrimination against detainees from the continent of Africa,” Khambon said.He said people from Guyana and Jamaica are next on the list in terms of discriminatory treatment from immigration authorities.last_img read more