Jack Grealish put in a stunning performance for England during the 2-0 defeat to Belgium on Sunday as the Aston Villa captain enhanced his first-team credentials under Gareth Southgate – and Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has sent Grealish a message on Instagram.
England had plenty of possession against FIFA’s No.1 ranked team in the world but were toothless in attack as goals from Youri Tielemans and Dries Mertens ended the Three Lions’ hopes of qualifying for the Nations League finals.
Defeat means England will not reach the finals after finishing third in 2019, when the inaugural showpiece was held in Portugal.
England were without the injured Raheem Sterling, giving Aston Villa’s Grealish the opportunity to build on the fine early impression he has already made on the international stage.
Grealish, 25, emerged as England’s outstanding performer and driving force, drawing a succession of fouls from Roberto Martinez’s team.
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Irrespective of the result, Grealish can feel can feel more than satisfied with his own individual display, which followed his impressive performances under Southgate in the friendlies against Wales and the Republic of Ireland.
After the result, Grealish took to Instagram to celebrate what had been his finest performance in an England shirt to date against an opposition that was littered with world-class players.
His social media post warranted an outpour of responses from teammates and fans alike including Liverpool captain and international teammate Jordan Henderson.
The 30-year-old Reds skipper started alongside Grealish against Belgium but was forced off at half-time after feeling tightness in his leg.
Henderson will not feature in Wednesday’s match against Iceland at Wembley after he was sent back to Merseyside for further assessment from Liverpool at the club’s new Kirkby AXA training centre.
Liverpool await a Premier League clash against table-toppers Leicester City at Anfield on Sunday evening (19:15 GMT).