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Aston Villa youngster Grealish fires for England U21s in Toulon

Jack Grealish showed some more of his enormous potential by scoring a brace for the England U21s as they hammered Guinea 7-1 in their second match of the 2016 Toulon tournament.

The Aston Villa youngster, who endured a difficult season at club level, was given a starting chance by Gareth Southgate and did not let his coach down by netting twice in the first half in southern France.

Grealish equalised for England in the seventh minute, cancelling out Thierno Dallo's earlier opener, when he volleyed home Cauley Woodrow's back post cross to open his account for the Young Lions.

Southampton's James Ward-Prowse made it 2-1 on the half-hour mark when he stepped up to convert from the penalty spot before Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond added a third three minutes later with a rasping effort from 30 yards.

Grealish helped himself to a second five minutes before the break when he cruised not the area and fired a low shot into the bottom corner.

An own-goal from Mohamed Toure on 50 minutes made it 5-1 before Fulham young gun Woodrow netted in the 58th and 72nd minutes to cap a brilliant individual game.

The win has England sitting on top of the Group B table with two wins from two matches ahead of Wednesday's meeting with second-placed Paraguay.

Andrew Slevison
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