Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish showed his quality as England comfortably beat Wales 3-0 on Thursday night.
Grealish has been chomping at the bit for his England chance, with Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate making the 25-year-old wait for his first call-up despite impressive performances throughout last season.
The Villa captain was no doubt the standout player for his club last campaign as Dean Smith’s side secured Premier League survival, but Grealish wasn’t included in an England squad until 31st August.
Despite declaring his desire to play for the country of his birth way back in 2015 – rather than the Republic of Ireland for whom he was also eligible – the midfielder would no doubt have been glad to get that long-awaited first cap against Denmark in September.
With his first start coming in Thursday’s victory over Wales, it marks another milestone in the already impressive career of Grealish, who no doubt will be glad to get the monkey of his Ireland snub off his back.
To make matters even sweeter for the Villa man, it was his sumptuous assist which allowed for in-form Dominic Calvert-Lewin to open the scoring at Wembley.
Grealish’s perfectly angled delivery from the right was met by a powerful first-time header from the Everton striker, who went on to praise Jack’s quality after the game.
With Tyrone Mings also featuring off the bench for Gareth Southgate’s side, Aston Villa were well represented in England colours last night.