Grealish tells critics to fire England boss Southgate

Grealish tells critics to fire England boss Southgate

Jack Grealish has backed England manager Gareth Southgate after coming under “very harsh” criticism following the Three Lions’ disappointing results in the summer.

While the World Cup in November is England’s focus, Southgate’s side are in danger of being relegated from their Nations League group ahead of Friday’s game against Italy.

England failed to win any of their four Nations League games in June, a dismal run that featured a pair of embarrassing defeats to Hungary.

That prompted an outpouring of criticism for Southgate, but Manchester City and England winger Grealish believes it was unfair to a manager who led his country to the Euro 2020 final and the 2018 World Cup semi-finals.

“We reached the final last year and then the Hungary game (we lost 1-0) at the beginning of the last camp. I think before that, the last time we lost a game for 90 minutes was maybe Belgium in November 2020 or something,” Grealish said.

So, I think it’s very tough, especially as you saw in the World Cup and the European Championship how well the team and the coach himself did.

“I thought it was obviously tough, but sometimes that’s what you get if you’re English. I’ve certainly had my fair share!”

Grealish knows all about public criticism after his erratic form for Premier League champions City since his £100m ($113m) British signing from Aston Villa last year.

The 27-year-old scored his first goal this season in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Wolves, with his City team-mate Kevin De Bruyne later suggesting that English players are being unfairly abused.

“Obviously I can see where it’s coming from a little bit. But I think that’s the way it is in this country, especially if you’re myself, playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world, who are winning trophies each.” year,” Grealish said.

“And obviously when I get the price that I have in my head, people will want to talk. It’s something I need to (move forward with).

“I keep going back to it, saying take it and it’s just an integral part, really. But, yeah, I see where it’s coming from a little bit.”

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