Jaden Sancho admits England senior call-up was a surprise

13 October, 2018, 05:46 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Wilshere on his England debut against Hungary

Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho was just as surprised as everyone else at his call-up to the senior England team this week.

Manager Gareth Southgate opted to include the 18-year-old in his squad for the upcoming UEFA Nations League fixtures against Croatia and Spain, meaning Sancho is the first player born this century to feature in an England squad.

Preston North End loanee Lukas Nmecha is encouraged to see youth being given its chance in the England squad in the shape of Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount.

Sancho joined Dortmund previous year having turned down an offer from Manchester City, where he was a member of the club's academy, after failing to see a route into the first team at the Etihad Stadium.

Even as a kid he always loved football, and he invariably wanted to play for a big premier league team.

"It would be a dream come true (to make my debut against Croatia)". I can't think of anything better. Obviously they were delighted for me and I couldn't stop smiling the whole day, Sancho told Sky Sports during his first England press conference.

TEENAGERS Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount have urged other rising English stars to move in search of regular football at home or overseas, insisting their call-ups to the senior squad this week prove it is a risk worth taking. "I'm just grateful that [Southgate's] seeing my progress in the Bundesliga and very thankful".

The 18-year-old broke the mould for young English talent when turning down a contract offer reported to be in the region of £30,000 per week at Manchester City to broaden his horizons and seek the regular football he was never likely to find at the Etihad. I'm learning more in the Championship.

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"Just keeping giving him the ball and let him do it".

I was at training when I first got the call-up and straight away I called my parents. "That's what he said to me".

Lancaster, who is still in contact with Sancho, goes on to express that Sancho is a young boy and all the pressure is on him, and " that could have gone to his head, it could have have been too much, but it hasn't ".

The youngster admits he is enjoying a different life in Germany, and insists potential first-team opportunities were the motivation when opting to leave City and England.

English players rarely play overseas and this can be backed up by the fact that England was the only team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup with all players in the squad playing in their home nation.

Playing for England brings new pressures, though, and his performances have seen a £100million price tag to be mentioned. I don't know what to say'.

"My goal this season was to play as many games as I can".


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