Jack Grealish says he wants to emulate Paul Gascoigne and Wayne Rooney and showcase his talent on the world stage after he made his first major tournament start for England at Euro 2020.
The Aston Villa captain assisted match-winner Raheem Sterling as England beat Czech Republic 1-0 at Wembley on Tuesday to win Group D and set up a last-16 tie against France, Germany, Portugal or Hungary.
Grealish, 25, has won nine caps since he made his England debut in September and is eager to make a telling impact for Gareth Southgate’s side as the tournament progresses.
Asked whether he believes Euro 2020 can be the making of him as a player, Grealish said:
“Definitely. I have spoken about how big these tournaments can be in players’ careers.
“If you look back and think of Gazza at Italia 90, that is where he first made a… well he was obviously still well known before, but I think everyone remembers him for that tournament especially.
“You look at Wayne Rooney in Euro 2004 – I think that was where he set his marker to say I am going to be one of the best in the world.
“I am hoping to follow in their footsteps and hopefully I can do that if I get more chances in this tournament.”