Manchester City midfielder Jack Grealish faces a “big challenge” to find his first goal for England, coach Gareth Southgate said ahead of his next World Cup qualifier.
Southgate were happy with the start of Grealish’s career at the new club Manchester City, where he has scored two goals and two assists in all competitions since transferring the British record from Aston Villa.
But the England coach wants the 26-year-old playmaker to score international goals without playing 15 matches since his debut in September 2020.
“I think he recognized that we had asked him some questions when he first joined us,” Southgate said Saturday.
“The big challenge with us is that he plays 15 games without a goal. The big challenge is to start registering the numbers that our other wide players have been able to generate over time. There is no reason why. He can’t do that.
“He’s in a better place physically. He’s able to play midweek games now. When we had him at the end of the season, he was only able to train two days out of three, so this European champion. The situation is very different for the ship.
Greece could have a chance to break its international drought when England host Hungary on October 12 in the World Cup qualifier against Andorra on October 9.
Although England need eight points from their remaining games to qualify, they can manage it with two wins next month in terms of other results.
They top the group with 16 points.