Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has defended his praise of Jack Grealish following England’s 2-0 loss to Belgium on Sunday.
Grealish put in a lovely display for the Three Lions over the weekend but Danny Mills thought the reaction to his performance went a bit too far.
Wright was one of those to talk up the Aston Villa midfielder and the Arsenal legend still believes that Grealish is “the player that we are going to need”.
Wright told Ringer FC’s ‘Wrighty’s House’ podcast: “I’ve been beating the drum for him to be in the side. Since he’s come on the scene, the way his game’s progressed and what he’s done now and me calling for him to be in that squad because he’s the player we’ve needed and the stick I was getting…
“I was reading some nasty stuff from stuff people in respects of, ‘We lost the game, why’s everybody going on about it?!’.
“What Jack Grealish showed in that game against Belgium – which is a team that’ll probably be challenging – was that is the player that we are going to need.
“Nobody is saying ‘build the team around him’. Yes, you can funnel the ball to them but you’re not building everything around them.
“Because even Diego Maradona in ’86, the team wasn’t built around him. He had unbelievable players. Even with that team, they had brilliant players around him. Maradona was the icing on the cake.
“All we need for Jack is to just pop up in those areas and just keep things moving. The little bit of skill he did there against [Thomas] Meunier, the way he was taking people on, dropping back into the left-back spot and whipping a great ball over into the left wing area.
“He’s someone that progresses the ball wherever he ends up on the pitch. What really annoys me is people saying, ‘Oh, you’re going way over the top!’. I’m not going over the top. When you watched us against Croatia, with nobody to bring us the chaos… Grealish brings chaos.”
Just about all of the greatest uncapped Premier League players ever were pursued by England. And only four of them were English.