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Jack Grealish asked funny Francesco Totti question after mix-up with journalist

An Italian journalist has hilariously asked Jack Grealish about a tweet he made in 2014 – that appears to have been lost in translation between the pair.

Grealish was appearing for media duties from England's home base of St George's Park near Burton ahead of their opening clash with Croatia on Sunday.

The journalist – who represented an Italian paper – revealed that, in Italy, Grealish has drawn comparisons to Totti, affectionately known as the King of Rome.

However, the tweet he mentioned appeared to have some tongue in cheek about it with 'Francesco Totti's' being used as rhyming slang for 'hotties'.

"Yeah, you know, he was obviously an unbelievable player," Grealish started to reply.

"[He's] A player that stayed at his club, you know, throughout his whole career – he showed great loyalty there.

"He was an unbelievable player for club and for country. I'm not too sure…I'd probably have to ask you what you think of the qualities that we do share!

"But yeah, he was one player that I grew up watching and I certainly looked up to him."

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Grealish has been exceptional for Aston Villa this campaign, and he has drawn suitors from further up the table – most notably Manchester United and Manchester City.

Gareth Southgate is expected to deploy Grealish out wide for the tournament, and Grealish is hoping to be one of England's fulcrums as they attempt to capture their first Euros.

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