Jack Grealish says he’s looking forward making his customary 10-minute cameo for England against Hungary tonight.
The 25-year-old has been a stalwart at the heart of England’s substitute bench under Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.
And as England prepare to face Hungary in a World Cup qualifier in Budapest this evening, the Manchester City winger claims he’s relishing his role as a tactical substitution to run the clock down.
‘If Hungary are piling on the pressure with ten minutes to go, Gareth will bring me on to kill the game’s momentum and waste some time’, Grealish told Paddy Power News.
‘I’ve brought a flask of tea and this book of Sudoku quizzes I bought in WH Smith’s at the airport to keep me occupied for 80 minutes’.
If we’re really under the cosh, Gareth might sub me off again to throw on another right back
However, one man who won’t be taking his usual place on the bench is Jadon Sancho.
The Manchester United winger is having a shard of plastic surgically removed from his left arse cheek after it became lodged there while testing out seats in the dugout at the Puskás Aréna.
‘Jadon will be a big loss on the subs bench’, said Grealish. We usually share a blanket on cold nights and he always brings boiled sweets’.
Meanwhile, Paddy Power News understands there were emotional scenes when Gareth Southgate was reunited with Mason Mount at England’s training camp.
Southgate and the Chelsea midfielder hadn’t seen each other since England sh*t the bed in their EURO 2020 final against Italy in July.
‘Seeing Gareth and Mason sobbing in each other’s arms was like watching Davina McCall reuniting two estranged sisters on Long Lost Family’, an England source told us.
‘There was lots of crying and hugging, then some more crying. They promised never to go so long without seeing each other ever again. It was a proper Kodak moment’.
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