Jack Grealish display in England’s Ireland win fails to answer Gareth Southgate question | Football | Sport

However, it was no better than the brilliant reverse flick which put Bukayo Sako through to shoot narrowly wide early in the second period – and that came from Tyrone Mings of all people.

Mount, yes him, arguably created greater danger from his set pieces and Dominic Calvert-Lewin who was creating most havoc of all, constantly threatened to pick to the pocket of the Ireland defenders lumbering over possession.

The Everton striker’s reward finally came shortly after half-time when he was given the penalty-taking duties after Saka burst into the area and was clumsily cut down by the trailing foot of Cyrus Christie.

The inevitable substitutions began soon after and Grealish was one of the first group to make way.

Perhaps he is being rested for further involvement in Belgium on Sunday or perhaps Iceland back here next week.

Nobody could be churlish enough to say that he does not deserve at least another cameo as he tries to prove he can be as influential for his country as he undoubtedly is for his club.

Not least because it was decided in the hours leading up to the game that Marcus Rashford will not be meeting up with the squad after all.

But on a night when former Birmingham player Jude Bellingham became the third-youngest international in history, only the most staunch Villa fan can truly say Grealish made any sort of substantial claim to be the future for England.

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