Jadon Sancho earns first England call-up for Croatia and Spain Nations League fixtures
Jadon Sancho has earned his first call-up to the senior England squad after continuing to impress for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League this season.
The 18-year-old, who committed his future to Dortmund until 2022 earlier this week, currently leads the way in Europe's top leagues in terms of assists this season, with already five to his name – one more than the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
He also scored in BVB's 7-0 thumping of Nuremberg and has been a game-changer springing from the bench in each of Dortmund's Bundesliga games this season, being involved in a goal every 25.5 minutes this term.
“Jadon’s is an unusual story for an English player," said England coach Gareth Southgage. "He’s been brave enough to go abroad. He’s played twice in the Champions League and excelled from the bench in the Bundesliga. Playing at a big club in front of big support every week, and with the psychological strength to deal with that and to excel.”
That has not gone unnoticed back in his homeland and Gareth Southgate, after considering him already ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, has now decided to take a closer look at the young winger, who has impressive stats at youth level for England.
He scored 14 goals in 18 games for his country's U17s, winning the FIFA U17 World Cup, while he has added two goals in five outings for their U19s. He has now bypassed the U21s on his way into the senior squad for their upcoming UEFA Nations League trips to Croatia and Spain.
He could soon pick up his first senior cap for England, as he also looks to hold down a regular starting role for Dortmund. "The coach keeps rotating so that's how strong this team is. Obviously, I don't want to be a sub – but if I keep on working hard hopefully I can get in the starting XI," he told bundesliga.com after being named the Bundesliga's Man of the Matchday last weekend.
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