Former Aston Villa assistant manager and television pundit Roy Keane insists that claims Jack Grealish is the ‘messiah of England’ are premature, following The Three Lions’ defeat to Denmark.

The Aston Villa talisman was an unused substitute for the encounter, watching on from the sidelines, as his country suffered their first loss of this season’s Nations League.

Grealish had performed terrifically in their penultimate outing against neighbours Wales. He provided an assist and was awarded the ‘man of the match’ accolade for his display in their 3-0 victory.

Nevertheless, it wasn’t enough to merit him with game time against the Danes. Speaking as a pundit for ITV, Roy Keane was critical of Jack Grealish despite his award.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 08: Pundit, Roy Keane looks on following the international friendly match between England and Wales at Wembley Stadium on October 08, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Nick Potts – Pool/Getty Images)

‘All of a sudden…It’s like he’s the messiah’

As quoted by The42, Keane said: “I am intrigued. You have said he has played 14 minutes of competitive football for England yet all of a sudden – and I know [Ian] Wrighty loves him and we all know he’s got a chance of being a very good player – it’s like he’s the messiah, the messiah of England!”

England‘s reverse fixture against opponents Denmark, saw 25-year-old Grealish make his debut for his country. It was his first experience of competitive action for the senior side.

However, despite playing a second-half cameo, he was unable to inspire the team, with Gareth Southgate’s men held to a goalless draw.

He did however, suggest that Grealish should be given an opportunity to thrive in the future.


“Jack will get his time. There are other games coming up. Jack will have to be patient.”

Denmark the ‘better team’

England didn’t get off to the best of starts with Harry Maguire sent off, following a second yellow card in the 31st minute. Christian Eriksen made the man advantage count by putting the Danes in front from the penalty-spot, four minutes later.

Reece James was also dismissed in injury-time, with England finishing with nine men and leapfrogged by their opponents into second on goal-difference.

Keane was critical of the side’s performance and suggested they should have taken more responsibility.

“England have made a lot of excuses for tonight. I wish they had manned up afterward and said, ‘We didn’t do enough.’

“Let’s give credit to Denmark, they are a good, well-established international team. They were the better team.”

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