Jack Grealish says his criticism of England boss Gareth Southgate was “very harsh”.


Grealish is expected to be part of Southgate’s squad for the 2022 World Cup

Jack Grealish says criticism of England manager Gareth Southgate this summer has been “very harsh”.

England were winless in four Nations League games in June, including 1-0 and 4-0 victories over Hungary.

However, Southgate led England to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals and their first European Championship final in 2021.

“I thought it was rough, but sometimes you get that when you’re English. I’ve had my fair share,” Manchester City winger Grealish said.

“That’s what we came to [Euro 2020] last year’s final – later [there was] has [loss to] Hungary at the start of the last camp, but before that the last time we lost a game of more than 90 minutes was Belgium in November 2020.”

England drew level with Italy and Germany for Hungary’s international defeats at the end of the last league season.

After four games, Football Association President Debbie Hewitt English football’s governing body has insisted it has confidence at Southgate.

Grealish was speaking ahead of England’s Nations League games against Italy on Friday and Germany three days later, the team’s final games before the 2022 World Cup.

The attacking midfielder, signed by City from Aston Villa for £100m, also responded. Statements from club teammate Kevin de Bruyneexternal link he suggested that English players are treated more harshly in the media.

“Obviously I can see where he’s coming from a bit,” Grealish said.

“But I think that’s the way it is in this country, especially if you’re me, playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world, who are winning trophies every year.

“Obviously, when I have the price on my mind, people want to talk. It’s something I need. [get on with].

“I keep coming back to it, hugging it and saying it’s just a part of it, but I see a little bit of where it’s coming from.”