Teenager Sancho impresses England teammates in brief debut

Hope Soto
October 15, 2018

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.

The teen sensation is the first person born in this Millennium to be handed a place in the senior squad.

Sancho got the same award at the European Under-17 championships a year ago, as well as being part of the squad that won the Under-17 World Cup, although his participation was limited after being recalled by Dortmund halfway through the tournament to play for the first team.

Sancho was on press duty for England today, and was unsurprisingly asked about those rumours, which have left him absolutely dumbfounded.

England face the prospect of competing in two Uefa Nations League matches against World Cup finalists Croatia and 2010 World Cup champions Spain which, should he feature, would see Sancho have a tough introduction on the worldwide stage.

"I've played with Mason Mount as well, so it gives you a bit more of an incentive that you can actually do it".

"Working hard behind closed doors".

England midfielder Eric Dier believes the stream of young players coming into the worldwide fold is helping to keep the more established names on their toes.

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For all the progress made by the Three Lions in a glorious Russian summer, a familiar lack of midfield authority ultimately undid England as Croatia's Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic took control of their semi-final to come from a goal down in Moscow. "I just couldn't stop smiling for the whole day".

"But that won't faze me at all". Obviously you never want to play in that scenario but it is what it is and we have to deal with it. That's the main focus for me. "I felt it was (the) right (time) to go".

Mount admits that experience only made him more determined to return on a more full-time basis as he looks to become the first outfield Championship player to earn an England cap since Cardiff's Jay Bothroyd in 2010.

Despite mainly being used off the bench, Sancho is emerging to be a key figure in the Dortmund side.

Sancho shares an apartment in Dortmund with his dad and has taken a liking to German schnitzels - if not the beer. I miss them a lot. The culture is different.

Playing alongside the likes of Pulisic, Mario Gotze and Marco Reus makes Sancho "more grounded", while living with his dad in Dortmund also helps. It's a dream come true, so I'm really grateful.

"From moving away from home so young.it was taking one step further to move outside England". I can't just go down the road and see my friends.

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