Gareth Southgate challenges Jack Grealish to start scoring goals for England after becoming a firm fan favourite during Euro 2020 as Man City’s £100m man searches for form
- Grealish has yet to score a goal for England in 15 appearances for his country
- Winger has set-up five goals and impressed during run to the Euro 2020 final
- Gareth Southgate wants Grealish to add more goals to his creative play
- Three Lions have World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary this week
Gareth Southgate wants Jack Grealish to start delivering goals for England after the £100million man became a fan favourite during Euro 2020.
Grealish, who joined Manchester City from Aston Villa after the tournament, has yet to score in 15 appearances for the Three Lions.
Having scored twice for City already, Southgate wants Grealish to find the net in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary.
Jack Grealish has been challenged to score more goals for England by his manager Southgate
The England manager has been impressed by Grealish’s creativity but wants him to score more
‘I think he recognised with us we asked certain things of him, in terms of when he first joined us, the pressing,’ Southgate said.
‘I think the big challenge with us is he’s 15 games without a goal, so the big challenge is to start registering those numbers that our other wide players have been able to produce over a period of time. There’s no reason he can’t do that.
‘He’s physically definitely in a better place. He’s able to play the midweek games now.
‘When we had him at the end of the season, he was only able to train two days in every three, so completely different situation to the European Championship, that’s for sure.’
Grealish, 26, has five assists for England, memorably setting up Harry Kane’s goal to seal the 2-0 win over Germany in the last-16 at the Euros.
Grealish teed up Harry Kane to score England’s second goal against Germany at Euro 2020
His performances during the Euros earned Grealish a £100million move to Manchester City
If involved, he will have an excellent chance to break his goal duck away to minnows Andorra on Saturday before a Wembley date with Hungary the following Tuesday night.
Southgate’s men need eight points from their remaining four qualifiers to book their place at Qatar 2022 but qualification could be sealed sooner if closest challengers Albania and Poland slip up.
Grealish is one of five City players in the latest 23-man squad and Southgate isn’t concerned about competition at club level restricting game time for his players.
‘I think it’s good for us because none of them are going to be flogged,’ he said.
Grealish has scored twice for City since his move – including against RB Leipzig in Europe
‘They are all going to play in a team that play fantastic, attacking football.
‘They might not individually play as much as they would like, but I think they are all going to play enough, so they will have that sharpness.
‘If they are not getting as much football as they like, they will probably have a bigger desire to play with us and score goals with us.
‘A little bit of that is still to unfold because Phil [Foden] is only just coming back from the injury.
‘Nice decisions for Pep to have with the squad he has got – we also have some of those difficult calls to make.’