Published: Mon, October 15, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Jadon Sancho: England hero heaps praise on ‘phenomenal’ Borussia Dortmund star

Jadon Sancho: England hero heaps praise on ‘phenomenal’ Borussia Dortmund star

England's Gareth Southgate insists players such as Chelsea's Ross Barkley must take his chance and prove he deserves a spot in the squad in the UEFA Nations League against Croatia and Spain.

If Pep Guardiola's side do not look to pursue a deal to re-sign Sancho, they could still benefit from him moving on.

Sancho came off the bench to make his England debut and become the first player to be born in the 21st century to play for the Three Lions.

"Now, because of the loan system and how hard it is to break into a Premier League side, we're seeing more and more young players making a football decision to play overseas, and that's fantastic for our game because they're going to come back with different things they've been taught". He livened things up for England and showed no fear despite his young age.

"It would be a dream come true (to make my debut against Croatia)". I can't just go down the road and see my friends.

"He's been great in training and he has just got to keep working hard and playing games and I'm sure he will have a very bright future".

Barkley was part of the England squads that crashed out early at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016.

And, after his experience, the forward believes Sancho can perform.

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They sang for periods of the game as England played their first-ever match behind closed doors, and Dier revealed their support did not go unnoticed.

Jadon Sancho, 18, and Mason Mount, 19, who made moves to get more first team football, and James Maddison, who jumped to the Premier League, are all rewarded with a first call-up. "That's what he said to me".

"The growth in England at the moment is insane", added Sancho. Leaving my mum behind and my sisters. Whatever you feel is right, whether that's moving to a new club or staying to fight for a position, everyone has a right to do what they want to do.

"I was kind of surprised when they offered the No 7 shirt to me, but I realised: why not?" Game time is the most important thing.

Playing for England brings new pressures, though, and his performances have seen a £100million price tag to be mentioned. "I knew about Theo Walcott, who was 16 [when he was called into the 2006 World Cup squad]".

Asked if he felt he would play club football in England again, he said: "I don't know".

For now, his focus is on global matters.

"If you think about Sancho's progress in the past five years, it's been phenomenal".

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