Jaden Sancho admits England senior call-up was a surprise

Florence Fletcher
October 15, 2018

It'll be more playing time, at a club with a history of nurturing young talents, that allows Sancho to fulfil his masses of potential, develop further and, in the fullness of time, secure a move to a European big-hitter. His youth coach in Watford under-14 academy, Louis Lancaster, had asked him what his dream was and the 13 years old Sancho had promptly replied that he wanted to represent his country and make his family proud.

I was a bit surprised to be fair because obviously I'm so young, I've got a lot to learn, I'm just grateful he's seeing my progress in the Bundesliga and I'm just very thankful. It's a dream come true, Sancho added. I can't think of anything better.

Sancho seemed a little taken aback by the media interest at St George's Park, but not quite as much as when the call came in from Southgate rather than England Under-21s boss Aidy Boothroyd. Just chilling. I watch YouTube most days. "We have to accept it and try to do the best we can from our side".

While Sancho did not directly address the issue which led to his £8 million (S$14.6 million) exit, he implied that he was not prepared to wait for his first-team chance.

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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. "I don't know what to say to that", he said, smiling. "We are glad we have such an ace up our sleeve".

"We're all here to do our best and show what we can do - if that get recognised then that's great". "This kid is the truth".

Sancho's transfer from Watford to City helped prepare him for the mental leap to Germany - a move overseas he would recommend to like-minded players. "Croatia were good on the day against us in the World Cup semi-final but it's another game", Trippier told Sky Sports.

"I don't feel the pressure".

"My goal this season was to play as many games as I can".

"I believe in myself, so moving to Germany didn't faze me". I'll just have to work hard in training and see what happens. "He's flamboyant. But, like Neymar, he's effective with (the ball)".

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