Southgate backs Grealish to shine for England

SHOWS: BURTON-ON-TRENT (NOVEMBER 17, 2020) (ENGLISH FA HANDOUT - ACCESS ALL)

1. PLAYERS PASSING BALL IN AIR IN CIRCLE BEFORE ENGLAND TRAINING

2. HARRY KANE WALKING OUT FOR TRAINING

3. KANE

4. MANAGER GARETH SOUTHGATE

5. JACK GREALISH

6. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND MANAGER, GARETH SOUTHGATE, ON JACK GREALISH HANDLING THE SPOTLIGHT, SAYING:

"Well, I think that's always important with any player you know, we're going to succeed or fail as a team and it's for everybody to contribute. One of the things we tried to ensure right the way through the last four years is that it's collective expectation. We couldn't put all the pressure on Harry Kane, we couldn't put all the pressure on Raheem (Sterling), other players and we've got to make sure that's the same with Jack. He's had a super start to his international career. I think he'll be able to handle the attention because he's a player that thrives under that pressure. He's got great courage with the ball, so, I don't think that will faze him, but equally you know, it's going to be this squad and the team that bring us success as a collective."

7. PLAYERS IN HUDDLE

8. SOUTHGATE AS HUDDLE BREAKS

9. GREALISH JOGGING WITH TEAM MATES

10. KANE WARMING UP AMONG TEAM MATES

11. SOUTHGATE WITH MANAGING TEAM WATCHING ON

12. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND MANAGER, GARETH SOUTHGATE, ON HELPING CLUBS BY USING PLAYERS SPARINGLY, SAYING:

"The second part is players want to play for England. I mean they're in a really difficult situation, they're under huge pressure from their clubs. That is going on in the background for sure. That is the landscape, whether we make it public or not, that is the reality. It manifests itself in different ways, but that's what happens. But they want to play for England, they all want to play for England. They want to get as many caps as they can, they want to do well as a team, they want to be there for their mates and you know, having played for my country I understand that as well. But I also have huge empathy with the club managers. They know that we're not just two clubs in the title race anymore or three clubs, we're six, seven in England and there's huge pressure on every result and everybody's looking to try to gain an advantage. And if they feel somebody else is getting an advantage, they'll want to make sure that their voice is heard as well, so, there's all of that noise in the background. But we've got to remember that we're competing against France, who pick all their players, Spain, who pick all theirs, Portugal, who pick all theirs. So, I think we've tried to be as understanding as we can around training, recovery and the friendlies in particular, but we also have to make the most of the games that we've got."

13. PHIL FODEN DURING RONDO DRILL

14. RONDO DRILL

STORY: England manager Gareth Southgate has backed midfielder Jack Grealish to thrive under the spotlight and forge a successful international career after his performance in Sunday's 2-0 defeat by Belgium in the Nations League.

The 25-year-old Aston Villa midfielder was England's standout performer in his first competitive international start, troubling the top-ranked Belgians with his trademark runs and creativity.

"We have tried to ensure in the last four years that it is collective expectation, and that we didn't put all the pressure on (Harry) Kane, on Raheem Sterling," Southgate told reporters on the eve of Wednesday's (November 18) home game against Iceland.

"We have to make sure that is the same with Jack. He has had a super start to his international career, I think he will be able to handle the attention, he thrives under pressure.

"He has got great courage with the ball so I don't think it will faze him. Equally it is going to be the squad and team that brings us success as a collective."

England are third in Group A2 with seven points from five games and cannot qualify for the Nations League Finals.

(Production: Stefan Haskins)