Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish produces impressive two-goal display on full England Under-21 debut

24 May

Jack Grealish scored his first goals in an England shirt as the Under-21s continued their winning start in the Toulon Tournament by thrashing Guinea 7-1.


The Aston Villa youngster, who pledged his international allegiance to the Three Lions last year having represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level, struck twice in Monday’s Group B clash in Aubagne.

England fell behind with just 48 seconds on the clock – Thierno Diallo grabbing a shock opener for the minnows – but Grealish quickly volleyed an equaliser.

Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse put Gareth Southgate ahead from the penalty spot after a handball in the box before Norwich’s Nathan Redmond zipped in a third goal.

Grealish then capped a full debut to remember just before half-time when the 20-year-old drifted past two defenders before firing home to effectively put the game out of sight at the interval.

Fulham striker Cauley Woodrow was the star of the second half and he helped make it 5-1 four minutes after the break when his initial shot hit the woodwork then ricocheted into the net off the unfortunate Mohamed Toure.

Woodrow got on the scoresheet himself just before the hour mark when he drifted in from the left channel and fired home past the exposed Guinea goalkeeper.

And he grabbed his second in the 73rd minute after Duncan Watmore raced onto a Nathaniel Chalobah through-ball before delivering a precise cross from which the Fulham man side-footed home.

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