This led to a clamor for Southgate to put the 25-year-old in the starting lineup and against Belgium he forced.
Grealish played 90 minutes at Leuven and despite England losing 2-0 he was the visitors’ flagship player.
Speaking after the game, Southgate praised him, saying he had added a new element to the squad since his call-up.
“We couldn’t have been happier with what he did,” he said. “He should be very proud of his performance – he really stood up to such a tough opponent as you could face.
“First of all I think that as a person since his arrival at the camp, he has impressed us with his approach, curious to know what we expect from him and taken it into account with his performances in training and in matches.
“He transferred his club’s performance in international football tonight against a top opponent. “
The Villa talisman was linked with a move for much of the summer, with Manchester United very keen to sign him.
However, he will eventually sign a new contract with his childhood club, but his performances will certainly mean that speculation will continue.
And eagle-eyed Liverpool fans noticed Grealish talking about his support for the Reds, in a 2012 tweet.
The message reads: “Man City vs Liverpool ??? I’m going to have Liverpool! Go Red !!! Predictions ?? ”
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Liverpool lost that game 3-0 but their situation has now turned under Jurgen Klopp and some supporters believe the German should do everything to sign the new England star.
“Yes boy, in 2021 join the mighty Klopp Reds,” one fan said, while another replied, “So he’s made his choice, draw it over, let’s sign it”.
A third messaged the club saying, “Bring him please”.
“Take him home,” said another, while a fifth posted: “Welcome to the best team in the world”.
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