Southgate excited by 'brave' Borussia Dortmund teen Sancho

Southgate excited by 'brave' Borussia Dortmund teen Sancho

Southgate excited by 'brave' Borussia Dortmund teen Sancho

Former Manchester City youngster Sancho, 18, has recorded one goal and five assists for Borussia Dortmund this season, despite being limited to just 125 minutes from the bench.

"I think it's great that he looks very settled. But we inherently care about the project in a way that maybe would be hard to find in something else".

Southgate speaking at St George's Park today.

Another attacking midfielder, 21-year-old playmaker James Maddison, also received a first call-up after impressing in his first season in the Premier League at Leicester.

Several other uncapped players are also involved: Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli, Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah making up the sextet of debutantes. "The board have been fantastic for the freedom to bring young players through".

"That definitely formed a lot of the thinking for (outgoing FA technical director) Dan (Ashworth) and myself when heading national junior teams".

"I think this aligns with what we've done in the last 18 months, really", said Southgate, who helped bring about the end of Wayne Rooney's worldwide career past year.

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Southgate joked that assistant Steve Holland, who has also signed on until 2022, had been watching Sancho disguised in "a flat cap and glasses" in Germany, where the teenager's displays were enough for a call-up regardless of the current injury issues.

"Well, he's had a long period injured at Chelsea a year ago, so that wasn't a reflection on the quality of the player that he hadn't been with us, but he wasn't getting any football, really", Southgate said.

Sancho, meanwhile, becomes the first player born in the 21st century to be named in an England squad.

A number of other young players are heading overseas in a bid to make an impact, but Phil Foden remains on home soil with Manchester City.

Maddison has three goals and two assists since making his £24million move from Norwich to Leicester, while Mount has netted three times for Derby.

"With Jadon, I think we would be putting him in the squad regardless of injuries", Southgate told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"I totally understand that, so I don't think there is any rush for Phil. 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".

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