What Jack Grealish learned from two-hour one-to-one chat with Jordan Henderson – Mirror Online

Jack Grealish admits he is already thinking about the Euros with England this summer after his superb season with Aston Villa.

Grealish is back in action this evening at home to West Ham after lighting up the season for club and country.

The ace has six League goals and nine assists for Villa which saw Match of the Day host Gary Lineker tout the 25-year-old as a potential player of the year candidate.

Former Villa player-turned-pundit Paul Merson also his week described Grealish’s displays as currently being “on another planet”.

Grealish now looks certain to add to his five caps later this year after his belated international recognition.

And Grealish admits he is determined to keep impressing for Villa and England after benefiting from the international set-up, where he picked Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson’s brains.

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has forced his way into the England squad
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has forced his way into the England squad
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Grealish said: “The one thing I am just praying to God for is I get in that squad.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute so far.

“It’s definitely helped bring my game on.

“Watching those players train and taking little bits from their game.

“Sometimes it is just speaking to them.

“I remember one night in Belgium I sat with Jordan Henderson for two hours and we chatted about everything.

“It is nice to speak to these people about how they see the game, how they train at different clubs, different cultures.

“You learn stuff from all these guys and I feel that is one thing which has helped me massively.

“As soon as you start playing for the national team, you up your own game.

Jack Grealish says he has enjoyed picking Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson’s brains on international duty with England
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“Hopefully there is more to come but as I’ve said to a lot of people, there is so much talent in the England team in my position.

“I have to keep doing what I have been doing, keep trying to impress the manager and fingers crossed.

“I still think there is so much more to come from me and that is not being big-headed either.

“It is just having confidence in my own ability. I think everyone I have worked with will say how confident I am as a person and a player in my own ability.

“I truly believe in myself and think I have so much more to give. I have big aims for this season.

“Of course it is nice to hear those things, particularly from people like Paul Merson and Gary Lineker.

“But you never want to listen to it too much, to the point it starts to affect you.

“You just have to take it, move on and then try to do more to earn even more praise. That is what I try to do. I know what I can give. I know what I can do as a player.”

Grealish has been responsible for either scoring or setting-up 15 goals in Villa’s first 19 League games.

No player in the league has created more chances or been fouled more.

His tally of nine assists is particularly pleasing for the ace who has studied Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne for tips.

Grealish is a huge admirer of Manchester City and Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne and has studied his game
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Grealish explained to the Express and Star: “Half of it is watching.

“You watch players like Kevin De Bruyne and when he gets into the final third, what he does.

“You need to mix it up, sometimes dink to the back stick, sometimes go underneath the defence.

“You need to mix it up as much as possible. That is what I have been doing in training and it has paid off in the matches.”

Grealish’s hunger means he even had the hump with boss Dean Smith when he was recently subbed on 87 minutes in a 2-0 win over Newcastle.

Grealish admitted: “I spoke to the manager about that. I was devastated.

“I hadn’t come off for 42 games. I was desperate to stay on.

“I always want to be on the pitch, no matter how tired I am or how tired the manager thinks I am. I think that will stay with me.

“I just love football. I love coming here every day and training. I love having a ball at my feet. I’ve been blessed with talent and I’m determined to make the most of it.

“I don’t think I will ever lose this hunger. There is nothing I love doing more than entertaining people.”

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