Sunday afternoon’s England friendly against Romania at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium was definitely the boring 90 minutes most of us probably expected, although as Aston Villa fans we did have horses in the race owing to the involvement of Jack Grealish, Tyrone Mings and Ollie Watkins.
It was a poor game, played out at a true training friendly pace and there were mistakes all over the pitch from everyone selected. Even Super Jack was poor by his own self-set standards, but that didn’t stop him from being the best player on the pitch and deservedly taking BT Sport’s official Man of the Match from the tie – after winning the penalty that won us the game.
Introducing your @bt_uk Player of the Match…
— England (@England) June 6, 2021
I imagine for those England fans amongst us who are invested in how the national side does, there will be far more questions than answers after the last two showings, but it will largely be a completely different squad when the real games are here.
All that matters for Villans is Jack got the 90 under his belt as he returns to full fitness, and with us all knowing there is far more to come from him, he is again proving himself a total game changer and match winner at that level, so whilst few expect Gareth Southgate to start him, fans of all colours will be perplexed if he’s not used, or used sparingly in favour of so called ‘names’.
A word from last night’s @bt_uk Player of the Match…
— England (@England) June 7, 2021
The wider football world are waking up to what we’ve always known.
Southgate's Got To Start Him...
How Can He Not
You Know He Won't
A quick shout out for former keeper Sam Johnstone as well who kept a clean sheet on his full debut.
— elle (@lfcellex) June 6, 2021
Better than rashford
— George ⚒️ (@BenrahmaBall) June 6, 2021
— WernerJr (@Saltyfootball5) June 6, 2021
Had to be
— Nic ⭐️⭐️💙 (@NicolaFerris) June 6, 2021
He's from Solihul. He's a silhilliian 😂
— Andy (@villawasp) June 7, 2021
2nd name on the team sheet, what a player
— Sam (@thfcsam14) June 6, 2021
Should’ve won it last game as well
— LUFCliam🌐 (@LUFCliam_) June 6, 2021
Cut above the rest, that’s my captain
— Tom (@tom_avfc1) June 6, 2021
— Loo Loo (@liamjcee) June 6, 2021
Jack collects MOTM’s like stickers but Waistcoat will still start Rashford
— Daniel H (@DanielHeathcoc1) June 6, 2021
mans a beast cant wait to see him at the EUROs
— CFC Gaffer (@_CFCgaffer) June 6, 2021
Announced this 5 hours too late… we all knew it was gonna happen before kick off
— Ben Kavanagh (@BenKavanagh_7) June 6, 2021
Man of the match, always puts a shift in when wearing the England shirt yet Southgate still refuses to say Grealish will be a starter in the 1st Euro match. What has Grealish got to do?
— John Dingain (@johnd1963) June 6, 2021
Only man that can pull of curtains in 2021😍👏🏻👏🏻
— 💫💋Hannah✌🏻⚡️ (@hannahnurseH) June 6, 2021
Without a doubt… This lad is a quality player and could walk into any team…in my opinion
— Wendy (@WendyJBrown65) June 6, 2021
Haven’t been this excited to watch an England player since Gazza. Yes Owen and Rooney when they first burst on the scene were amazing but Grealish reminds me so much of Gazza the way he plays
— Jim (@Jimbo1604) June 6, 2021
Omg. And did you earn it. You got kicked, fouled, your shirt got pulled, you got shoulder pulled. You thoroughly deserved man of the match. Good luck in the Euros..💙💙💙x
— laney… (@mimbaby74) June 7, 2021