Jack Grealish explains two reasons for not pulling his socks up on the pitch

Jack Grealish has been forced to pull his socks up – in the metaphorical sense at least.

But in the real world the new England sensation admits he has to keep them round his ankles – because his calves are too big!

Grealish has not always made headlines for the right reasons following a string of controversies before elevating himself to being a full England international.

These include car crashes, inhaling 'hippy crack', being photographed sprawled out on the streets of Tenerife drunk and breaking Covid-19 lockdown rules.

The Aston Villa superstar has now put his troubles behind him to emerge as one of England's brightest talents, but admits one thing will never change.

He said: "I wear my socks down for two reasons. One, when I was younger, I had a season in which I wore my socks down and that was when my life took off when I was 16.

"I thought to myself, 'I've done well this season, I'm going to carry on with this.'

"There is also another reason. A lot of socks are so tight around my calves that they give me cramps. I try to have them down underneath my calves. I don't do any work on them, either. It is just a thing that runs in my family."

You say Grealish is the man for England

In a recent Daily Star survey on the England team, we asked the question: who should give England that midfield spark after Phil Foden was dropped?

Of course, Jack Grealish took the overwhelming victory, with 60% of the public vote.

Mason Mount took 28%, Harvey Barnes 9% and James Maddison just 1% – with the rest voting for others.

Grealish is also one of the most fouled players in football, but insists he doesn't mind a good kicking.

He added: "A few of the lads said that, saying 'we've never seen anyone get kicked as much as you'.

"But, you know, I enjoy it if I'm honest. Getting kicked means I'm doing something right most of the time, so, yeah, I get a little kick now and again and you see that I did last season – but it's something I don't mind because I'm helping the team."

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