Grealish prepared to take the hits

10 June 2021 00:02:25

England midfield Jack Grealish says he is prepared to ‘take the hits’ for Gareth Southgate’s team if it gives them opportunities from set-pieces in their Euro 2020 campaign.

The Three Lions are? to start their Group D quest with a win over Croatia, who are? to take three points from their visit to Wembley. The draw is available at .

Grealish hopes to be involved after impressing in England’s two warm-up matches against Austria and Romania at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium, both of which ended in 1-0 victories.

The Aston Villa man played a key role in Sunday’s win against the Romanians as he was fouled for a penalty that was converted by captain Marcus Rashford.

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Croatia beat England after extra-time in the semi-finals of the World Cup three years ago as a free-kick from Kieran Trippier gave Southgate’s side an early lead.

And Grealish hopes his trickery will help give England chances from set-pieces, even though one of their dead-ball specialists Trent Alexander-Arnold was forced out of the squad through injury.

I will take the hits for the team.

Jack Grealish

Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire missed training again on Wednesday as he nurses an ankle injury.

However, Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka, who scored the winner against Austria, returned to the main group.

Southgate will have until England’s first game to make any additions to his squad, but Grealish hopes he can be effective if given an opportunity.

He said: "I got a few kicks in the last two games but if I am doing something to help the team then I will do that.

"You look at the team and you see the quality of the set-piece takers we have, especially Trips. It was unfortunate that Trent went home but if I am getting fouled then I will take the hits for the team."

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