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

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports The NTSB is investigating the accident, including any role heavy fog played, and a final report isn’t expected for at least a year. A witness told the NTSB that the helicopter was flying forward and downward through the fog before it crashed into the hill.KOBE BRYANT-MEMORIAL2/24: Bryant memorial reflects dad and daughter’s uniformsLOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant’s widow says there will be a “celebration of life” memorial on Feb. 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to honor her late husband and 13-year-old daughter Gianna. Vanessa Bryant posted a graphic on Instagram Friday morning to announce the event. Her post only said the event will occur at 10 a.m. and there are “details to come.”The arena is where Bryant starred for the Lakers for most of his two-decade career and the date 2/24 corresponds with the No. 24 jersey he wore and the No. 2 worn by Gianna. They and seven others died in a helicopter crash last month. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditKOBE BRYANT-HELICOPTER CRASHInvestigators: No sign of engine failure for Bryant copterLOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal investigators say wreckage from the helicopter that crashed last month, killing Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others did not show any evidence of engine failure. That’s according to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board. The helicopter crashed into a hillside outside Los Angeles on Jan. 26. Defending champion Phil Mickelson also got in the mix with a burst of four straight birdies after the turn at Monterey Peninsula. He made bogey on the long par-3 ninth to finish his round of 7-under. He was three shots behind.OBIT-ROGER KAHN‘Boys of Summer’ author dies at 92MAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) — The author of “The Boys of Summer” has died.Roger Kahn wrote 20 books and hundreds of articles, but he was particularly noted for the 1972 best-seller that looked at his relationship with his father through their shared love of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Kahn’s writing hit on social issues, particularly race. He wrote at length about Jackie Robinson and his struggles in breaking baseball’s color line, and the two formed a long friendship. BAYLOR SUSPENSIONSBaylor suspends 14 baseball playersWACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor has issued two-game suspensions to 14 baseball players over an unspecified hazing incident that occurred last February.The school said the number of suspensions would be staggered over the first three weeks of the season. The Bears open at home against Nebraska next Friday.Athletic administrators became aware of the incident last May, and an investigation by Baylor’s general counsel office and Division of Student Life followed. The school said drugs and alcohol were not involved in the hazing incident. The names of the players weren’t released. — Major league teams are 3-0 in arbitration this winter after the Dodgers beat outfielder Joc Pederson. Pederson will be paid $7.75 million instead of the $9.5 million he sought. Pederson made $5 million last season while batting .249 with career highs of 36 home runs and 74 RBIs. He improved his defense and established personal bests in slugging and OPS.— Hunter Pence is returning to the Giants after accepting a package that will give the young club a veteran presence in both the outfield and clubhouse in a season of big change ahead. A person with direct knowledge of the deal said Friday that Pence had reached agreement pending a physical. He batted .297 with 18 homers, 17 doubles and 59 RBIs over 83 games for the Rangers last year.— The Rangers have worked out a minor league deal with former Cleveland closer Cody Allen. The 31-year-old right-hander was 0-2 with four saves and a 6.26 ERA in 25 appearances for the Angels last season. Allen had at least 30 saves in three straight seasons with the Indians from 2015-17.— Jessica Mendoza will no longer be on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” or work for the Mets’ front office after signing a contract extension with the network. Commissioner Rob Manfred said during this week’s owners meetings that he was not comfortable with Mendoza and former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez being both team employees and broadcasters.— Brian Schneider has been shifted to major league quality control coach by the Mets, filling the opening created when Luis Rojas replaced Carlos Beltrán as manager. Schneider was Miami’s catching coach for the past four seasons and had been hired by the Mets as manager of Triple-A Syracuse. MLB-NEWSDodgers work out extension with TaylorUNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers and utilityman Chris Taylor have avoided salary arbitration by working out a two-year, $13.4 million contract.Taylor batted .262 with 12 homers and 52 RBIs in 366 at-bats last season, overcoming a slow start in which he missed over a month with a broken wrist. He played every position last year except first baseman, pitcher and catcher.In other MLB news: Associated Press PGA-PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AMTaylor keeps leadPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Canadian Nick Taylor is the leader through two rounds of the PGA’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am.Taylor birdied four of his last five holes at Pebble Beach for a 66 to take his first 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour. He is at 14-under 129.Jason Day is two shots back after an 8-under 64. Day made two long birdie putts across the green, holed a 40-yard wedge for eagle on the dangerous par-5 14th and made a couple of big par saves to move into contention. February 7, 2020 Son Gordon Kahn said his father died Thursday at a nursing facility in in Mamaroneck (muh-MA’-ruh-nek), New York. He was 92.NHL-OBIT-GLENNIEEx-Leafs blueliner Glennie diesTORONTO (AP) — Former Toronto Maple Leafs hard-hitting defenseman Brian Glennie has died at age 73.Glennie played nine of his 10 NHL seasons with the Leafs and scored 14 goals and 114 points in 572 career games. He was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 and helped the national team win Olympic bronze at the 1968 Winter Games in Grenoble, France, under Father David Bauer.last_img read more

Báez hits 2 HRs, Cubs beat Tigers for 11,000th franchise win

first_img Written By Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE Javier Báez hit two home runs and the Chicago Cubs became the second franchise in major league history to post 11,000 wins, beating the Detroit Tigers 9-3 on Monday night.Only the Giants have won more, with 11,179 victories after starting in New York in 1883 and later moving to San Francisco.The Cubs, who earned their first victory in 1876, improved to 11,000-10,414. The Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers are close behind with 10,996 wins.David Bote homered and drove in four runs for the NL Central-leading Cubs. Báez had three RBIs.Cubs starter Alec Mills (3-2) got the win, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out seven.Tigers top prospect Casey Mize (0-1) made his first home start, allowing four runs — three earned — on five hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out two.The Cubs took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on two-out, RBI singles by Bote and Nico Hoerner. Ian Happ walked to load the bases, but Anthony Rizzo popped out on the next pitch.Jeimer Candelario had an RBI grounder for the Tigers in the third.The Cubs scored four in the fourth, starting with Bote’s leadoff homer over the Chicago bullpen in left-center field.Hoerner reached on an error, stole second and took third on a flyball. That ended Mize’s night, and Rizzo greeted Tyler Alexander with an RBI single. Báez followed with a two-run homer to make it 6-1.Christin Stewart’s two-run homer in the seventh cut the deficit to 6-3.Báez hit a solo home run in the ninth and Bote added a two-run single.CUBS WINSThe Cubs won their first game against Louisville on April 25, 1876. They reached 10,000 victories against the Houston Astros on April 23, 2008.UP NEXTThe teams play the second of three games Tuesday evening, with Spencer Turnbull (2-2, 3.65) starting against an undetermined Cubs starter.Image credits: AP LIVE TV COMMENTcenter_img Last Updated: 25th August, 2020 09:15 IST Báez Hits 2 HRs, Cubs Beat Tigers For 11,000th Franchise Win Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez celebrates after the final out in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. The Cubs won 9-3. First Published: 25th August, 2020 09:14 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Arsenal transfer blow? Inter Milan and Juventus ‘want Dybala the most’, says Palermo president

first_img Highly-rated Argentine striker Paulo Dybala scores for Palermo 1 Juventus and Inter Milan are currently leading Arsenal in the race for Paulo Dybala.The Palermo striker is being chased by clubs all across Europe this summer after hitting 13 goals in Serie A this season.Arsenal had been linked with the 21-year-old, while Paris-Saint Germain are also reportedly interested.However, according to Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini, neither Arsenal or PSG are leading the race for the Argentine, with Inter boss Roberto Mancini reportedly keen on the frontman.“Inter and Juve are the teams who want the player the most,” Zamparini told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.“Napoli moved for him a while ago, but with their current strikers it’s not a priority. Juventus and Inter are the most in need.”last_img read more