Southgate outlines Grealish "worry" as England boss is won over by star

Gareth Southgate is finally being won round by Jack Grealish – after claiming the England midfielder is like a “matador.”

The England boss has taken some convincing on the Aston Villa captain but his starring role against Wales at Wembley appears to have done the trick.

Grealish produced some wonderful moments of skill, including some twists and turns inside his own penalty box and Southgate admitted he can see why opposing defenders end up kicking him.

Southgate said: “Well, you know he is going to do it because he does it for his club and I have not seen him lose the ball too often in those sorts of situations. He’s a matador in those situations, isn’t he?

“The only thing that worries me occasionally is that when he does hang onto the ball he gets clobbered and you don’t want him to pick up injuries as the game is wearing on.

“I know he is the most fouled player in the league and he draws those fouls in but I was a bit worried he was going to get kicked and in a bit of trouble.

“No, in those deeper areas he is confident enough to play and you are not thinking he’s the type of player who is going to lose the ball in that situation.”

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