Jack Grealish's low socks and tiny shinpads as become a rather iconic look for the Aston Villa skipper - and man himself has revealed he adopts the unique combination out of superstition.
Grealish was irresistible again in an England shirt as the Three Lions beat Austria 1-0 at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium and looks set to play a key role in the upcoming European Championships.
He'll do so while absolutely refusing to pull his socks up, playing with a swagger and a flamboyance that has led to him becoming one of the most enjoyable players to watch in the Premier League.
But there is a story behind the incredibly low socks, as Grealish revealed to Birmingham Live.
"Obviously your socks are supposed to go above your calves," Grealish said.
"But one year when I was here, the socks once shrunk in the wash. So they wouldn't go higher.
"That season, I ended up playing really well. So it became a superstitious thing for me. I thought 'I'm going to keep doing this because I've done well'."
Some had suggested that Grealish had been wearing his socks low as a tribute of sorts to the one and only George Best, the Manchester United and Northern Ireland legend.
However, Grealish confirmed it has never been the case.
He added: "A lot of people say that it's because of George Best. While I love him and admire so much what he did, that isn't the reason."
As for his shinpads, they are so small that it looks like that Grealish doesn't wear any for protection. Apparently his shinguards are between large child and small adult size and help him move more freely on the pitch.
Still, there is also superstition attached to them.
"It's a superstition that I've done all my life and I'm going to keep it that way," Grealish stated.
"A few referees have tried telling me but I've got to keep it like that."
Grealish is a very superstitious player, it would appear. In 2019, he captained Villa back to the Premier League wearing a pair of knackered boots.
"I came back from injury and obviously, these were like this," he told Sky Sports.
I got a few goals and I got a few assists and thought these were my lucky boots, I had to keep them!"
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