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Grealish: “I want to make my mark like Gazza, Rooney”

England’s Jack Grealish has said that he wants to mirror England legends Wayne Rooney and Paul Gascoigne, following his first Euro 2020 start against Czech Republic.

In his first tournament start for England, it took Grealish only 11 minutes to make his mark, assisting Raheem Sterling for the only goal of the match.

With the Sterling goal being the only goal of the game, England were able to secure top spot in Group D – setting up a last-16 tie with France, Germany, Portugal or Hungary.

Grealish, who captains his club side Aston Villa, made his England debut in September and has gone on to win 9 caps for his country since.

Jack Grealish in action for England against Czech Republic on Tuesday evening. (Photo by Shaun Botterill – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

What’s been said?

When asked if he believes that Euro 2020 can be the making of him as a player, Grealish commented: “Definitely. I have spoken about how big these tournaments can be in players’ careers.

“If you look and think of Gazza at Italia 90….I think everyone remembers him for that tournament especially.

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“You look at Wayne Rooney in Euro 2004 – I think that was where he set his marker to say I am going to be one of the best in the world.

“I am hoping to follow in their footsteps and hopefully I can do that if I get more chances in this tournament.”

Even before his comments, comparison’s to such players about Grealish have been made before.

Many regard Grealish, who represented the republic or Ireland at youth level, as one of England’s best players. Thus, leading to many crying out to Southgate to hand the 25-year old more regular starts.

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