Southgate coach urges Man City star Grealish to start scoring for England
London: Manchester City midfielder Jack Grealish faces a “great challenge” to find his first goal for England, coach Gareth Southgate has said ahead of their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Southgate was pleased with Grealish’s start to life at new club Manchester City, where he scored two goals and two assists in all competitions following his record-breaking British transfer from Aston Villa.
But the England manager wants the 26-year-old playmaker to add goals internationally after going 15 games without scoring since his September 2020 debut.
15 scoreless matches
“I think he acknowledged that we asked him some things in regards to when he first joined us,” Southgate said.
“The big challenge with us is that he has 15 scoreless games. The big challenge is to start recording the numbers that our other wide players have been able to produce over a period of time. There is no reason why that he couldn’t do that. “
Southgate added: “He’s in a better place physically. He’s able to play midweek games now. When we got him at the end of the season he was only able to train for two days. out of three, so it’s a completely different situation from the European Championships. “
Grealish could have a chance to break their international drought when England play Andorra on October 9 before hosting Hungary on October 12 in the World Cup qualifiers.
Although England need eight points from their remaining games to be certain of qualifying, they could achieve it with two wins next month, depending on other results.
They lead the group with 16 points from six games, four ahead of Albania, second and five ahead of Poland.