News24.com | Keane doesn’t understand why Grealish suddenly seen as ‘messiah’ for England

News24.com | Keane doesn’t understand why Grealish suddenly seen as ‘messiah’ for England
Jack Grealish (Getty Images)

Jack Grealish (Getty Images)

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

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

And Ian Wright – on punditry duty with
Keane – was hoping to see Grealish enter the fray to add some creativity to
England’s midfield.

“I’d probably be disappointed if I was him
seeing different people getting warmed up to come on,” Wright told ITV. “And you
cannot blame him for trying to bring Calvert-Lewin on with his form. Jadon
Sancho with the form we know that he can show.

“I would have liked to have seen him come
on. He brought Jordan Henderson on. Fine! But the fact is, bring him on. We
needed some creativity in the middle – He was MOTM against Wales. He sat out
two games. You need someone who runs with the ball. Passes the ball through.
He’s not afraid in any situation on the pitch to show for the ball and try to
make something happen.”

But Keane is of the mind that Grealish
isn’t quite the godsend he’s been built up to be.

He said: “I am intrigued. You have said he
has played 14 minutes of competitive football for England yet all of a sudden,
I know Wrighty loves him and we all know he’s got a chance of being a very good
player. It’s like he’s the messiah. The messiah for England.”

Wright responded: “If he [Southgate] plays
the more attacking players in that team and an attacking midfield player. There
was nothing, for me, in that Denmark side that we couldn’t beat. We were very
pragmatic with the team that he picked. I don’t know where the creativity was
going to come from in the midfield. It was going to come from Conor Coady
spreading it wide.

Keane then added: “But Jack will get his
time. There are other games coming up. Gareth, from a manager’s point of view,
is thinking ‘we are 1-0 down, still in the game and we just need one chance’
and Jack will have to be patient.”

– TEAMtalk media

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