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Southgate excited by 'brave' Borussia Dortmund teen Sancho

08 October, 2018, 09:30 | Author: Hannah Francis
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Sancho who is still 18 years old, joined Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City in August 2017.

On the day his new deal with England through 2022 was announced, Southgate picked a youthful 25-man squad that was in keeping with his fearless approach to selection since taking over in 2016.

Borussia Dortmund have extended the contract with England's U-19 global Jadon Sancho ahead of schedule, the "BVB" confirmed in an official statement on Wednesday.

Maddison, meanwhile, has started the season in similar fashion after joining Leicester in the summer, and has also been named in Southgate's squad for England's UEFA Nations League games away at Croatia and Spain.

Southgate's side then travel to Seville to take on Spain, who won 2-1 at Wembley in England's first Nations League match last month.

"Because of the injuries the team has got it just gives them an opportunity".

"They're both still at formative stages but we think they can have an impact with the group and we'd have no hesitation in playing them in the games".

"Where actually if you don't have a target like that... we started to work back from there".

"Quite a few of them have trained with us at various times here anyway so we're excited to see them".

Gareth Southgate says the "big call" to select Borussia Dortmund teenager Jadon Sancho aligns with England's current philosophy.

He was part for the U-17 team that won the 2017 Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup but only played in the group stage before he was withdrawn out of the tournament by Borussia Dortmund.

In fact he has created more goals than any other player in Europe's five major leagues this season (5).

"At Dortmund he is required to do a job defensively for the team and he does it, so he's an exciting player we're looking forward to working with".

Ross Barkley and Nathaniel Chalobah are also called up.

Serving quality football news from around the globe. Having led the team to fourth place in Russian Federation this summer, Southgate - whose salary is believed to have risen to £3million a year - revealed he had no doubts over wanting to stay.

"He's a player that we know has good technical quality, is grasping the tactical side of the game - I was interested to read his interviews this morning on that - so it's a good opportunity for him to come in".

Discussing his extension, Southgate said: "You can have great relationships with your clubs and I did with mine - I had really special relationships with all three of my clubs - but emotionally the national team has always been the biggest thing for me". We try to work in the same way and the benefits from that are clear.



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