Grealish thankful for chance

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish is hoping he can gain confidence by helping the England Under-21s win the Toulon Tournament.

Aston Villa: Grealish thankful for chanceAston Villa: Grealish thankful for chance

Grealish has struggled for Villa over the last year due to a string of injuries which kept him watching from the sidelines as his club suffered relegation.

However, despite his lack of football, England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate has handed him the chance to represent his side at the Toulon Tournament.

The midfielder scored twice in a 7-1 win over Guinea in his first start on Monday and hopes to feature in Wednesday’s clash with Paraguay.

Grealish said: “I think it was good for me to come here and hopefully end the season on a high and maybe win something to then bring that confidence into next season.

“I’ve not had the best of seasons at Villa. I haven’t been playing as much as I wanted to after doing my ankle a few times.

“So I didn’t really expect to be called up, but the gaffer has done and it’s been good.

“I’ve enjoyed my time here and the ambition now is to keep playing regularly with my club and this team and hopefully my future will be to go on to play for the senior side.”

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