Jack Grealish believes England have the ‘perfect team’ and ‘perfect manager’ for major tournament success.
England are closing in on qualification for the 2024 European Championship and can confirm their place at the finals with a win over Italy next week, but first face Australia in a friendly fixture on Friday evening.
The Three Lions have reached a semi-final, final and quarter-final across the last three tournaments and will start among the favourites for success at next summer’s Euros, provided qualification is confirmed.
Grealish, who formed part of Manchester City’s treble-winning team last season, believes international honours would top even that achievement and believes England are perfectly placed in their bid to end a 57-year wait for major tournament success.
“I don’t mean this to sound weird but it is difficult in a way because you have such a high of winning the treble and then you do think ‘what would ever top that?’,” Grealish said at a pre-match press conference.
“Obviously doing something at international level definitely would. But then even at club-level you think ‘what would top it?’ Maybe to win all four including the Carabao Cup but we went out of that last week.
“You probably think about doing an ‘Invincible’ season but we got beat. To do what we did last year again would be unbelievable and to do something at international level with this group of players would be unbelievable.
“After the season that I had with City, it was an unbelievable season, one of the best of my career especially in the second half of the season when I was playing a lot more, playing with confidence.
“I think now we (England) have the perfect team, the perfect manager guiding us.
“We’ve come close on two occasions and I feel like we are just getting better and stronger. You look at the players we have in our team, there’s quite a few that could play for any club in the world or any international team in the world. That would be the next on the list, hopefully.”