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Grealish aiming to be England's game-changer

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Aston Villa v Liverpool - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - October 4, 2020. Aston Villa's Jack Grealish in action. Pool via REUTERS/Peter Powell

(Reuters) - Jack Grealish hopes to get the chance to show England manager Gareth Southgate he can be a game-changer in their upcoming Nations League fixtures.

The 25-year-old midfielder received his maiden call-up to the England squad in August and made his debut in the 0-0 draw against Denmark, impressing in a 14-minute cameo.

“I feel like I can definitely add to that,” he told Standard Sport. “I bring something different to what other players do and, fingers crossed, I get a chance.

“That is what I want, I want the chance to show the manager what I can do. I can be that player who can change a game.

“There is so much talent in there. Sometimes it is just tough for the England team because there is a lot of pressure and expectation but I wouldn’t mind that, that is what comes being footballers and playing for the national team.”

England host Wales in a friendly on Oct. 8 before Nations League matches at home against Belgium and Denmark.

Southgate’s side are second in their group with four points from two games, two points behind leaders Belgium.

Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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