Jaden Sancho admits England senior call-up was a surprise

All the moves
Sancho has won an
England call-up
after shining for
Borussia Dortmund
in the Bundesliga

Young stars ‘must take a risk’ by Matthew Nash Published

Jadon Sancho's unusual step of moving overseas has seen him break into England's senior side. After that, he was withdrawn from most of the matches because Dortmund wanted to keep him in Bundesliga for the time being but later he got called up for England's under-19 squad for the UEFA European U-19 Championship matches against Faroe Islands, Iceland and the host nation, Bulgaria.

Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal are all reportedly interested in the teenager and and the three London sides all wanted to sign him when he left City, with Sancho at one point wanting a move back south.

Sancho, who left Manchester City's youth academy for the Bundesliga side past year, has had a meteoric rise to stardom, which was propelled to a new level after his call-up to England's senior squad.

But it looks like Sancho would only leave for a fortune and Levy would have to trump any previous Spurs deal by getting out the cheque book to spend big.

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

"I'm learning German, of course". "I'm playing for my country". I felt it was right to go.

"Sancho's progress has been very, very rapid", said Southgate.

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"That's what he tells me off the pitch, "you've just got to do your thing, that's why you're here - you've got to make everyone understand you're Jadon Sancho".

"But that won't faze me at all".

"Moving away from home so young, it was taking one step further to move outside England", the forward said, when asked if he thought moving away from England at such a young age was a courageous choice.

There's no question about their potential and Southgate as well as under-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd are constantly analysing these players' qualities and characters.

English players rarely play overseas and this can be backed up by the fact that England was the only team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup with all players in the squad playing in their home nation.

"That's... I don't know..."

Levy is renowned for being a tough negotiator and hasn't injected colossal money into Spurs compared to their top-six rivals in recent years, but that would have to change to land Sancho. "It's the future. You never know what could happen, so we wait and see". A number of young players that he handed key roles in the England team have matured into top global performers, such as Jordan Pickford, Jesse Lingard and John Stones.

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