Grealish backs England to end opening-day duck

10 June 2021 16:05:44

England midfielder Jack Grealish is confident his side will gain revenge and overcome Croatia on Sunday to end their poor record at the European Championship.

The Three Lions, who have never won their opening game of the tournament, 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 .

It's a game we'll go into full of confidence.

Jack Grealish

Croatia know what it takes to beat England on the big stage, having beaten Gareth Southgate's men in the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia in 2018.

Southgate may need to make changes to his starting XI, with Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire still recovering from recent injuries.

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Grealish is one player pushing for a start, and he will be hoping to carry his form for Aston Villa onto the international stage.

The Villa skipper scored six goals and also added ten assists during 26 Premier League appearances, and he is adamant that his side can start Euro 2020 in style.

He told The Guardian: "We can definitely use it as inspiration. Croatia are a brilliant side; they have talented players all over the pitch from big clubs as well.

"It's a game we'll go into full of confidence; I feel we've had good preparation and I feel we'll have a good week this week as well.

"We've played them a few times now and we know it'll be a difficult game, but it's something we're looking forward to, and we'll cherish every moment."

After Sunday's fixture with Croatia, England then host Scotland and the Czech Republic at Wembley.

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