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The 24-year-old has been unfortunate to miss out on numerous occasions of late, despite impressing in the Premier League with Aston Villa, but he finally got his chance to shine in Copenhagen, coming on as a 75th minute substitute.
Grealish, however, appeared somewhat confused by his manager's tactical instructions as he entered the field of play.
Exactly what Grealish thought about Southgates tactics pic.twitter.com/vv1eqLNkIA
- Hooty McOwlface (@Cheadle) September 8, 2020
As you can see in the footage above, Grealish shrugs his shoulders after putting two fingers up; a sign that he may have struggled to understand Southgate's insight.
Despite the introduction of Aston Villa's best performer last season, England couldn't find a way through Denmark's compact defence and the game ended 0-0.
That being said, Grealish made an instant impact when he came on. In fact, he created more chances in his 14 minute cameo than Jadon Sancho, Harry Kane, Kalvin Phillips, and Declan Rice combined.
No England player created more chances from open play than Jack Grealish tonight. Only Trent Alexander-Arnold completed more dribbles.
Jack Grealish played 14 minutes. #AVFC pic.twitter.com/8MWnhCJe7I
- Villa Analytics (@VillaAnalytics) September 8, 2020
Southgate expressed his delight at Grealish's short, but sweet performance in his post-match press conference.
"Jack did fine, he had one lovely run into the penalty area that I thought he was going to get a shot away," he said.
"He's dipped his toes, I think importantly for him he's had the chance to work with us and see the intensity that we work at."
:x: "Grealish has a problem... I don't see him playing for England at all."
:thumbsdown: "I don't think Southgate can identify a position where he goes in."
"If Maddison was fit he'd have got in ahead of Jack."
Tony Cascarino sees no England future for #AVFC's Grealish under Southgate pic.twitter.com/XeunJJEDF5
- talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 8, 2020
Grealish, meanwhile, thanked Southgate for giving him the chance to represent his country.
"I was actually a bit emotional," he told Sky Sports after the game. "It is something that you dream of, every child in England dreams of it since they were a little kid - playing for the England senior team.
"I was so privileged coming on and it was a shame we couldn't win in the end.
"I want to thank [manager] Gareth [Southgate] himself for giving me the opportunity and I hope it is the first of many."
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