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Jack Grealish has hit back at criticism calling him 'classless' after an interview he did ahead of England's win over Hungary on Thursday night.
Grealish was the subject of many jokes before England's game, when it emerged he would be starting for Gareth Southgate's side for just the third time.
The witticisms were due to the fact the Manchester City forward couldn't get in the starting line up until he moved to a 'big six' club from Aston Villa this summer.
His £100 million transfer from Villa was the subject of a pre match interview on ITV, with Gabriel Clark asking the 25-year-old about the release clause he'd put in his contract a year prior and his need to move to play in bigger games.
"For me to playing in the biggest of games for England, I needed to be doing that at club level also." 💬🏴@JackGrealish has been speaking to @gabrielclarke05 ahead of England's game against Hungary tomorrow night which you can see live on @ITV 🙌#ITVFootball #ThreeLions pic.twitter.com/LjI0zxutAT— ITV Football (@itvfootball) September 1, 2021
The interview didn't go down well with Villa fans, who previously idolised the former club captain who is a local player and has supported the club throughout his life.
One local paper produced an article calling the player 'classless' and claiming that he'd given off an 'I couldn't wait to get out' vibe whilst talking about the move.
Grealish wasn't having any of the criticism though and has hit back on Twitter saying, "The thing is you don’t understand what goes on in the real football world."
This is the worst and most one sided article I’ve ever seen.. Classless? Jealous? Couldn’t wait to get out? Arrogance? How exactly? I’ve been a villa fan my whole life and still am. The thing is you don’t understand what goes on in the real football world.— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish) September 3, 2021
The writer of the article claimed the former Villa man was 'jealous' of his England teammates for getting to play on Europe's biggest stage.
He doubled down saying that Grealish mentioning Phil Foden playing in the Champions League was proof of his claim, as if all footballers not playing in the Champions League don't want to be playing in it.
Another criticism in the article came from the player saying he'd already improved after just a month at City, and being managed by Pep Guardiola, which again seems like something that would probably happen.
Grealish helped take the Three Lions one step closer to the World Cup next winter, a tournament he's likely to be involved in, with an assist, as he played all but the final few minutes.
After Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane and Harry Maguire had put the visitors ahead, the City forward earned an assist by setting up Declan Rice for the fourth goal.