Jack Grealish only ever dreamed about playing for Aston Villa, but won the Treble and now wants glory with England

Jack Grealish has told talkSPORT his next goal in his career is to win a major trophy with England, but that was never on his radar as a boy. The Manchester City forward, who won the Treble with his club, gave insight into what a young Grealish wanted out of life ahead of England’s friendly against Australia, live on talkSPORT. Grealish only had one dream on his mind when he was younger thoughtalkSPORT And after a mind-blowing season last term, Grealish is now setting his sights on his future goals. But it turns out the 28-year-old’s childhood dreams weren’t filled with images of lifting trophies like he does now. Just like Manchester United star and ex-England captain David Beckham ever aimed to play for the Red Devils as a kid, Grealish – who also told talkSPORT about his love for Netflix’s ‘Beckham’ docuseries – had a similar outlook growing up. But it was of course for his beloved Aston Villa instead. “Listen, since I was a kid, honestly, and I’ve said this to a lot of people, my dream was just to always play for Aston Villa,” he told talkSPORT. “You know people say ‘oh my dream was to play in the World Cup’. I feel like my dream was never to play at a World Cup because there was so much more to do before that, do you know what I mean? “My dream was to always play for Aston Villa, and then once I’d played for Aston Villa it was like, to become a regular. Then once I was a regular, it was like, right, to get into the England squad. “Then once I was in the England squad, I was like ‘right’. Do you know what I mean? I wouldn’t have been a little kid thinking ‘right, go straight to the top, I want to win the Champions League’ because there’s so much more to do in between that. Grealish only ever wanted to play for VillaGetty Images - Getty But he now has four major honours to his name, including a Champions League, with Man CityGetty “Mine was just always to play for Aston Villa, and the first time I did that professionally in the Premier League, obviously against Man City, we got battered by them about 4-0. “But that was the first time and then once I did that, there was another thing [to achieve], you know?” So with 32 England caps to his name now, what’s Grealish’s next dream? “It’s difficult after the season we had last year you know with [Man City], but I think 100 per cent it’ll be something to do with this country,” he continued. “I feel like now we have an unbelievable team, an unbelievable manager and I just feel like this is really our time. You know, you look around, you’ve look at [Marcus] Rashford, [Jude] Bellingham, [Harry] Kane, [Buakyo] Saka, [Phil]Foden. “They’d walk into any XI in the world so you look at that and you just think it’s unbelievable. So I think [winning something with England] is probably next on the list after the treble last year.” The new talkSPORT match centre Keep up-to-date with all the latest football fixtures, results and standings in our new match centre. Premier League fixtures Premier League table All fixtures and results All league tables

Jack Grealish only ever dreamed about playing for Aston Villa, but won the Treble and now wants glory with England

Jack Grealish has told talkSPORT his next goal in his career is to win a major trophy with England, but that was never on his radar as a boy.

The Manchester City forward, who won the Treble with his club, gave insight into what a young Grealish wanted out of life ahead of England’s friendly against Australia, live on talkSPORT.

Grealish only had one dream on his mind when he was younger though
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And after a mind-blowing season last term, Grealish is now setting his sights on his future goals.

But it turns out the 28-year-old’s childhood dreams weren’t filled with images of lifting trophies like he does now.

Just like Manchester United star and ex-England captain David Beckham ever aimed to play for the Red Devils as a kid, Grealish – who also told talkSPORT about his love for Netflix’s ‘Beckham’ docuseries – had a similar outlook growing up.

But it was of course for his beloved Aston Villa instead.

“Listen, since I was a kid, honestly, and I’ve said this to a lot of people, my dream was just to always play for Aston Villa,” he told talkSPORT.

“You know people say ‘oh my dream was to play in the World Cup’. I feel like my dream was never to play at a World Cup because there was so much more to do before that, do you know what I mean?

“My dream was to always play for Aston Villa, and then once I’d played for Aston Villa it was like, to become a regular. Then once I was a regular, it was like, right, to get into the England squad.

“Then once I was in the England squad, I was like ‘right’. Do you know what I mean? I wouldn’t have been a little kid thinking ‘right, go straight to the top, I want to win the Champions League’ because there’s so much more to do in between that.

Grealish only ever wanted to play for Villa
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But he now has four major honours to his name, including a Champions League, with Man City
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“Mine was just always to play for Aston Villa, and the first time I did that professionally in the Premier League, obviously against Man City, we got battered by them about 4-0.

“But that was the first time and then once I did that, there was another thing [to achieve], you know?”

So with 32 England caps to his name now, what’s Grealish’s next dream?

“It’s difficult after the season we had last year you know with [Man City], but I think 100 per cent it’ll be something to do with this country,” he continued.

“I feel like now we have an unbelievable team, an unbelievable manager and I just feel like this is really our time. You know, you look around, you’ve look at [Marcus] Rashford, [Jude] Bellingham, [Harry] Kane, [Buakyo] Saka, [Phil]Foden.

“They’d walk into any XI in the world so you look at that and you just think it’s unbelievable. So I think [winning something with England] is probably next on the list after the treble last year.”

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