‘It’s like he’s the messiah’


Date of publication: Thursday, October 15, 2020 8:18

Roy Keane says Jack Grealish will have to be ‘patient’ and doesn’t understand why he is suddenly seen as ‘England’s messiah’.

The Aston Villa captain was an unused substitute like England succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Denmark last night.

And Ian Wright – on a mission with Keane – was hoping to see Grealish enter the fray to add some creativity to the England midfielder.

“I would probably be disappointed if I was his to see different people warm up to come,” Wright said. ITV. “And you can’t fault him for trying to bring Calvert-Lewin in with his form. Jadon Sancho with the form we know he can show.

“I would have liked to see him come. He brought Jordan Henderson. Well! But the point is, bring it on. We needed a bit of creativity in the middle – it was MOTM against Wales. He missed two games. You need someone who runs with the ball. Pass the ball through. He’s not afraid in any situation on the pitch to show the ball and try to shake things up.

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But Keane is of the opinion that Grealish is not quite the godsend it was built for.

He said, “I’m intrigued. You said he played 14 minutes of competitive football for England but all of a sudden I know Wrighty loves him and we all know he has a chance to be a really good player . It’s like he’s the messiah. The messiah for England.

Wright replied: “If he [Southgate] plays the most attacking players of this team and an attacking midfielder. There was nothing for me in this Danish team that we couldn’t beat. We were very pragmatic with the team he chose. I don’t know where the creativity in midfield was going to come from. It was going to come from Conor Coady spreading it widely.

Keane then added, “But Jack will have his time. There are more games to come. Gareth, from a coach’s point of view, thinks “we’re 1-0, still in the game and we just need a chance” and Jack will have to be patient.


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