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

Syracuse starting goalie situation still undecided

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 6, 2019 at 9:47 pm Contact Gaurav: gshetty@syr.edu After losing nine straight games — its worst start in program history — Syracuse turned to goalie Ady Cohen. Cohen, the projected starter in the preseason, had split time evenly with Allison Small. Against Union, SU rode Cohen’s 20-save shutout to its first win of the season.“It’s definitely a good feeling to get the monkey off the back,” said Cohen on Oct. 31.Four days later, Cohen recorded another shutout to give Syracuse its second win of the season against RIT. Still, SU head coach Paul Flanagan hasn’t committed to her as the starter.In both of the Orange’s (2-10, 1-1 College Hockey America) wins, they needed shutout performances from Cohen. Small, who has started seven games in the net, leads the team in saves (193) but doesn’t have a win. Both Small and Cohen’s save percentages hover around .875 this season and Flanagan has yet to choose a primary netminder.“What it does do is continue that healthy competition between the two and that’s what you want,” Flanagan said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSmall transferred to Syracuse halfway through last year’s season from Quinnipiac, where she played 12 games in two seasons. At SU in 2018-19, she played only 80 minutes over two games. But this year, she’s started more games than Cohen, and has recorded over 100 more saves. Five of her starts came against ranked opponents.Though Allison has recorded over 30 saves three times — including a season-high 36 saves against No. 4 Northeastern — she’s still searching for a win. In back-to-back games against No. 6 Princeton, Small had 59 total saves, but allowed five goals.Cohen came into the season after starting 13 games last year, when she led the team to the program’s first CHA championship win and was named to the all-tournament team. Cohen has a 2.64 goals against average, slightly better than the 2.75 mark she finished with last season.Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design EditorFlanagan said he’s happy with the two goalies’ improved play. Small and Cohen have conceded 47 goals between them, but 16 have been on the penalty kill, a weakness of the team.“We’re starting to get where, in a good way, it’s hard to decide who’s going to play,” said Flanagan. “This is what you want when I say healthy competition. We’re evolving to that, it’s good for us, it’s good for the club.”As a duo, the two goalies have a combined 3.67 goals against average against nonconference teams. Last year, Syracuse’s goalies had a 3.28 goals against average for the season, compared to 2.66 during conference play.The winner of the CHA gets an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, so the Orange know how important its conference record is, players and coaches said. Despite its worst start in program history, Syracuse has started conference play 1-1 entering a week off.Typically, Flanagan has a primary starting goalie by now, relying on Maddi Welch, Abbey Miller and Jenn Gilligan throughout the last couple of seasons. In 2019, with the way Cohen and Small have played, the decision on who will win the starting goalie job is still unclear.Said Flanagan: “I’m feeling more and more confident with either one of them.” Commentslast_img read more