Smith pleased Grealish returns ‘fresh’ from England duty

Date published: Friday 16th October 2020 4:48

Grealish did not play against Belgium or Denmark, but he still returns to Villa with loads more admirers...

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Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has spoken on his pride at Jack Grealish’s performance for England against Wales while away on international duty.

Grealish was once again called up to the England squad for their recent games against Wales, Belgium and Denmark.

He made his first senior start for his country in their friendly against Wales. The midfielder earned a lot of praise for his performance.

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Grealish was a real creative force for England, and he offered something different from any of his teammates. He also provided the assist for Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s first England goal.

Gareth Southgate’s side won 3-0 against Wales, but the main takeaway from it was Grealish’s performance.

Despite this, the attacker did not play any minutes in either of England’s Nations League games against Belgium or Denmark. Instead, Southgate played Chelsea’s Mason Mount over him.

Grealish has been one of Villa’s shining lights early into the season. They have made a great start, winning all three of their Premier League games so far.

Included in that was their incredible 7-2 win over Liverpool. Grealish has started the league season with three goals and three assists.

This continues on from his impressive campaign in 2019/20. He carried Villa to safety, as he netted eight times and provided six assists from his 36 league games.

During his press conference, Smith spoke on his pride at seeing Grealish and others perform well on an international stage:

“I was really pleased that Jack Grealish got his first start for England and put in a man-of-the-match performance.

“The beneficiary of him not playing in the other games is Aston Villa because he’ll come back fresh.

“John McGinn got the armband for Scotland for the first time and he’s played three games, Conor Hourihane (Republic of Ireland) has played three games, Bertrand Traore’s gone away and scored in both games for Burkina Faso and Douglas Luiz has started both games for Brazil.

“I’m proud of all the players that went away on international duty, and that includes Jack and Tyrone (Mings).”

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