Jack Grealish loves watching Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe at the World Cup – and says Brazil are the team that has impressed him the most so far.
The England star spoke to talkSPORT’s Faye Carruthers ahead of the Three Lions’ final group game, which will see them face Wales on Tuesday night.
England are almost through to the round of 16, barring a defeat by four or more goals against the Dragons.
Grealish, who made a big impact after coming off the bench in the 6-2 win over Iran and the 0-0 draw against the United States, is relishing being part of the tournament in Qatar.
The Manchester City striker also enjoyed watching him and likes Lionel Messi, who scored a key goal in Argentina’s 2-0 win over Mexico, as well as Kylian Mbappe, who scored in both of their matches. France group.
But, as a team, he feels Brazil could be the biggest threat to England’s hopes of World Cup glory.
“I watch every game to be honest,” Grealish said. “We have screens everywhere and it’s nice to have games all day.
“I looked at Messi, unbelievable. He just showed what he’s talking about in that second half, but again Mbappe did it too.
“I think there are a lot of brilliant teams, some teams have this player who is just unstoppable, but I think Brazil have been one of the most impressive I’ve seen so far. They have so much talent, especially in the attacking areas.
“I think they are, if you ask me who the biggest threat is I would probably say Brazil.”
England’s goalless draw against the United States somewhat dampened expectations regarding the prospect of the Three Lions going all the way in Qatar.
But Grealish thinks there was a big overreaction to the performance, insisting that USA deserved credit for the way they played.
When asked how the feeling was in the squad ahead of the final group game against Wales, Grealish replied: “Good. We are in a strong position. Obviously at the top of the group and everything is in our hands before the last game.
“It’s weird sometimes playing for the national team because you have a result like that and it feels like the world is ending – and it clearly isn’t.
“I felt like a lot of it was about us. England was this, England was that but in the end they played very well.
“They were a team that had a lot of energy, very athletic in every position, and we have to give them credit for the way they played.
“They changed their tactics, the way they pressed and everything, from the first game. We know we can play better and we will certainly look to do so from the second game.
“I think there’s been a big overreaction. Besides Spain being the top scorer in the tournament, we’re the top scorers in the tournament. I can’t think off the top of my head if anyone scored over six.
“Against Iran we were the best thing since sliced bread, scoring six goals and then we went one game without scoring and there was a bit of an overreaction. But I guess that’s what you get sometimes while playing for England.
Much has been made of Gareth Southgate’s decision not to use Phil Foden against the United, but Grealish insists the time will come for his Manchester City team-mate to show his class.
“Obviously we all know how good Phil is, but there are a lot of players in those attacking positions who all bring different tricks, different attributes and I’m sure Phil we’ll get a chance,” he said. he declared.
“I hope he does. He trains well and all, so it’s up to the manager to decide, but he has a lot of options in those attacking positions.
“I think there’s been a big overreaction.”
“After Iran, we were the best thing since sliced bread. I guess that’s what you get when you play for #FR.”
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