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Aston Villa players congratulate Jack Grealish on England goal

Former Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish scored his first goal for England on Saturday night.

Grealish rounded off the scoring for the Three Lions in Andorra as Gareth Southgate’s side eased to a 5-0 win at the Estadi Nacional.

West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone set Grealish away with four minutes left of the World Cup qualifier and he swept home a shot past Josep Gomes.

Grealish left Villa for Manchester City in the summer for £100 million, a British record transfer fee.

The 26 year-old had been at Villa since he was eight and said upon his departure that he wanted to take his game to the next level and challenge for football’s biggest honours.

Grealish has only managed two goals and the same number of assists in ten matches for City this season and struggled against Liverpool last time out.

Following his maiden goal for England, Villa players past and present took to social media platform Instagram to send Grealish messages of congratulations.

“Go on the boy,” wrote left-back Matt Targett, who Grealish used to play ahead of on the left-hand side of Villa’s attack.

Targett’s opposite number Matty Cash said: “Love it mate,” while Jacob Ramsey wrote: “Congrats bro.”

John Terry, Villa boss Dean Smith’s assistant head coach until the summer, commented on Grealish’s Instagram post: “Congratulations mate.”

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Southgate was enthused by what he saw from Grealish as well as his team-mates.

“Towards the end of the game there were some lovely bits of combination – (Phil) Foden, (Mason) Mount, Grealish, (Bukayo) Saka. “The type of play that our players are capable of producing is really exciting.”

Grealish scored 32 times in 213 appearances for Villa, who he guided into the Premier League as captain in 2019.

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