Jack Grealish says England captain Harry Kane’s influence helped him mature “as a player and a person” during his first campaign as a member of the national team.
Grealish, who runs Aston Villa, made his England debut in September last year and amassed seven caps during the season, his form putting him in contention for a starting spot in the opener of the ‘Euro 2020 Sunday against Croatia.
The 25-year-old also credited Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson, explaining that the duo’s professionalism showed him what is needed to take his game to the next level.
Asked about the impact of becoming his club’s captain, Grealish said: “I think it changed me on and off the pitch. I think it was always going to come – I was always going to grow a little more to a given moment.
“But I think the main thing is to be here for this season, you come here and you see Jordan Henderson and Harry Kane, and what they’re doing off the pitch.
“Obviously what they’re doing on it we can all see, but what they’re doing on the training ground and around the place and how they look after themselves, and you’re sitting down there and you think it’s no wonder they got them.
“And that’s, I think, one of the main things that made me mature as a player, as a person and as a captain.”
When asked which individual – opponent or teammate – had the greatest influence on him, Grealish added: “I would probably say Harry Kane. I talk to him a lot. I talk to everyone in the locker room. that it’s good when you go back to England to get different opinions from people, to see what some people do, what some people don’t.
“But when you come back here, there’s no better person to watch than Harry Kane, to see how he takes care of himself and stuff like that.”