Borussia Dortmund ace Jadon Sancho earns maiden England callup

Arnold Nichols
October 8, 2018

England face Croatia and Spain in UEFA Nations League matches later this month, and Gareth Southgate named three uncapped youngsters in his squad.

Gareth Southgate says the "big call" to select Borussia Dortmund teenager Jadon Sancho aligns with England's current philosophy.

On leaving Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund on transfer-deadline day last September, Jadon Sancho declared that "the time is right for a new challenge, where I can to start to fulfil my potential".

The 18-year-old Sancho was called up having already played in the Champions League for German club Dortmund, with Mount rewarded for some strong displays at English second-tier club Derby after joining on loan from Premier League giants Chelsea.

"He's a player that is explosive, is really creative in the final third, and has had a big impact in terms of assists in the matches he has played, can score goals and has had a big impact in our junior teams in the last couple of years".

Dele Alli has been sidelined by a hamstring problem, while fitness doubts have seen the likes of Fabian Delph, Adam Lallana, and Jesse Lingard omitted. "We are only successful because we have an outstanding support team and exciting players, who I believe over the next four years will improve, and I hope the players continue to excite the public".

Southgate has made a strong impact since taking over from the sacked Sam Allardyce in 2016, evidenced by England's performances at Russian Federation 2018, when the Three Lions reached its first World Cup semi-final since 1990. "He's been courageous enough to go overseas and play", added Southgate.

A total of three Liverpool players have been picked - Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson - while Tottenham have a total of five players in the squad; Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier, Eric Dier, Harry Winks and Harry Kane. There are also call-ups for Watford's Nathaniel Chalobah and Tottenham's Harry Winks.

In nine games, he has scored once and provided eight assists.

Southgate, who became England coach in November 2016, is contracted to stay in charge of the national team through to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. "Experiencing at first hand how the nation united behind the team this summer was something special and it will be great to see how far this young squad can go in the years to come".

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