sport news Euro 2020: Jack Grealish happy to be uniting nation ahead of England's quarter ...

sport news Euro 2020: Jack Grealish happy to be uniting nation ahead of England's quarter ...
sport news Euro 2020: Jack Grealish happy to be uniting nation ahead of England's quarter ...

Taking a seat at a picnic table in the Staffordshire sunshine on Thursday afternoon, Jack Grealish apologises for being a little late.

One of the faces of what is threatening to be a glorious English football summer has been having an afternoon sleep.

'I have one every day,' he says. 'I am not the same man without it.'

England star Grealish

He came off the bench to help them beat Germany

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Jack Grealish is no longer just an England player, Aston Villa captain or even a Manchester City star in waiting

He is a member of a side that beat Germany and a player who helped make it happen

He is a member of a side that beat Germany and a player who helped make it happen 

It's perhaps as well that Grealish has his routines because a part of his life has changed for good, whether he knows it yet or not.

The 25-year-old is no longer just an England player, Aston Villa captain or even a Manchester City star in waiting. Grealish is one of the ones who was there at Wembley on Tuesday night, one of the ones who made it happen, a member of the team who beat Germany on one of the most spectacular occasions the national stadium has witnessed.

Whatever happens to this England team now — whether they make it all the way to the final or whether their journey through Euro 2020 ends in Rome against Ukraine on Saturday night — they will always be remembered for one very special night at least.

'It will probably be talked about for a while,' says Grealish. 'I've been lucky enough to play at Wembley seven times now including FA Cup finals and play-off finals and my family said it was the best atmosphere ever.

Grealish's first act when returning to England's base was to watch the victory again on the TV

Grealish's first act when returning to England's base was to watch the victory again on the TV

'I had loads of messages and it makes me so happy and proud when I hear the crowd singing my name. I want to repay that. It's funny because I get booed every single week by these fans!

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'But here they are all giving me so much support and it's one of the best feelings ever. It's nice when Villa fans are doing it, but you kind of expect it because you are one of them. But when it's England fans, it's different.'

Grealish's first act when returning to England's base at St George's Park in the early hours of Wednesday was to watch the victory over Germany again on the TV. 'I didn't get to sleep until 4am,' he smiles. 'So yeah, I just whacked the game on. Amazing, really. What a night.

'What it means has filtered through. We knew that we were capable of doing that. I saw some people say it was an average Germany side. I don't think it was at all. Now we have to focus on the next challenge.'

Grealish insists he has his game head on again but makes no apologies for enjoying the ride

Grealish insists he has his game head on again but makes no apologies for enjoying the ride

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