Former Manchester City striker Trevor Sinclair believes that Jack Grealish is already showing signs of being a lot more confident whilst wearing an England shirt following his summer move to the Etihad Stadium.
Grealish, who joined City for £100m from Aston Villa last month, started on the left of England’s front three on Thursday evening as they produced an impressive away performance to beat Hungary 4-0 in their latest qualifier for next year’s FIFA World Cup.
After playing a key role in the build-up that allowed Raheem Sterling to net the Three Lions’ opening goal of the night, Grealish claimed an assist of his own as the clock ticked towards full-time, laying the ball off for Declan Rice to fire home from distance.
It was an encouraging and professional performance from the former Villa man, who showed glimpses as to why so many think he should be one of the first names on Gareth Southgate’s teamsheet.
During the summer at the European Championship, Grealish started just once for England, but Sinclair already believes that the playmaker is showing a lot more confidence for England since joining City.
Sinclair told talkSPORT : “When I watched Jack when he was playing for the Under-21s, I wasn’t quite sure what it was that I liked so much about him. As I watched him more and more it was the tiny bits of detail; his first touch, how he kills the ball and controls whatever scenario he is in.
“Then it was that weight of pass, whether it was the weight, no bobbles, to the right side of the player so your team-mate is not having to fight for the ball with the defender, and it is all those tiny little bits of detail that I like about his game.
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“But he has brought it all together and now on the international stage he looks confident. Before, he looked like he was in here, but still fighting for his position. Now, he looks like he’s in this [England] team and he feels comfortable in this team.
“That is the difference between playing for Aston Villa, without being disrespectful, where he is one of not many players in the squad, to be playing at Manchester City where literally everyone in that squad is an international.”
Grealish could feature for England once again when the Three Lions lock horns with Andorra in their latest World Cup qualifier on Sunday at Wembley.
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