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Jaden Sancho admits England senior call-up was a surprise

15 October, 2018, 01:52 | Author: Delia Walker
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Sancho earned a senior call-up at worldwide level this month following a stunning start to the season, during which the 18-year-old chalked up a goal and a whopping six assists in seven Bundesliga matches.

The match ended in a goalless draw but it was great to see the 18 year old make his debut for England. His dream to play for his country came true when he played for the England under-17 side that reached the final of UEFA European under-17 Championship, and his performance was so phenomenal that he was named the player of the tournament.

He chose to take the tough decision to snub a Pep Guardiola-managed Manchester City and has proven his doubters wrong.

Playing infront of such imposing and vast crowds at Dortmund's mightily impressive Westfalenstadion, Sancho has shown real maturity for such a young man, leading Everton forward Walcott to believe that the youngster has the ability to cope with the demands on global football.

"I was at training when I first got the call-up", he said. I'm just grateful he's seen my progress in the Bundesliga.

"That's a big move from Dortmund to Chelsea, who are actually playing okay".

Jonathan Woodgate left tussles with Bulgaria's Ilian Iliev
Jonathan Woodgate left tussles with Bulgaria’s Ilian Iliev

Sancho could earn his second cap as soon as Monday when the Three Lions take on Spain in Seville in a Nations League clash.

"I like him. I think this kid, to go overseas and really put his mark on the club to be perfectly honest".

"But that won't faze me at all. Those guys make me more grounded". The attacking midfielder's performances have recently been rewarded with a contract extension with the German giants until 2022 but living overseas has brought challenges.

Despite mainly being used off the bench, Sancho is emerging to be a key figure in the Dortmund side. "I knew about Theo Walcott, who was 16 [when he was called into the 2006 World Cup squad]".

That saw plenty of players with lower league experience included in the squad, such was their necessary path to the top given the relative lack of opportunity in Premier League first elevens for the best of English talent. To me he is a ideal player. Not everyone is comfortable moving from home. One report has claimed that he could become a £100 million player. But they are unlikely to sell him to another top-six Premier League club and he is too good for a lower-league side, so another obvious option is overseas.

"So I'm going to say no, I'm going to say not at the moment".




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