Southgate urges Grealish to begin scoring for England

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Oct 3 (Reuters) – Manchester City midfielder Jack Grealish faces a “big challenge” to search out his debut aim for England, coach Gareth Southgate stated forward of their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Southgate was pleased with Grealish’s begin to life at new membership Manchester City, the place he has bagged two targets and two assists in all competitions after his British file switch from Aston Villa.

But the England coach desires the 26-year-old playmaker so as to add targets on the worldwide degree after having gone 15 matches with out scoring since his debut in September 2020.

“I think he recognised we asked certain things of him in terms of when he first joined us,” Southgate stated on Saturday.

“The big challenge with us is he’s 15 games without a goal. The big challenge is to start registering those numbers that our other wide players have been able to produce over a period of time. There’s no reason he can’t do that.

“He’s bodily in a greater place. He’s capable of play the midweek video games now. When we had him on the finish of the season he was solely capable of practice two days in each three, so it is a fully totally different scenario to the European Championships.”

Grealish could have the chance to break his international drought when England play away against Andorra on Oct. 9 before hosting Hungary on Oct. 12 in the World Cup qualifiers.

Although England need eight points from their remaining games to be certain to qualify, they could manage it with two wins next month, depending on other results.

They are top of the group with 16 points from six games, four more than second-placed Albania and five ahead of Poland.

Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Christopher Cushing

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