Jaden Sancho admits England senior call-up was a surprise

Rooney says he now enjoys watching England as a fan two years after he won his last cap

Rooney says he now enjoys watching England as a fan two years after he won his last cap Credit GETTY IMAGES

And it's clearly an ethos that Southgate is going to stick with based on his squad selection for England's Nations League games with Croatia and Spain over the next few days.

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. Step forward Sancho to show that does not have to be the case.

Jadon Sancho is making a big impact in Germany and now Premier League clubs are queueing up to bring him back to England.

"Adjusting yourself to a new environment is one of the hardest things you can possibly do, but once you overcome that, you grow as a footballer and as a person".

City will have the first refusal on the player should an official bid be lodged. Rather they can "do a Sancho", go to another country entirely and potentially still be picked by England.

Sancho was perhaps the most eye-catching inclusion, with his promising performances in Germany seeing him become the first player born this millennium to be called up by the senior team. He is snatching at chances, possibly because he is anxious about putting a foot wrong under José Mourinho. His dynamic style of play in the final third is ideally suited to the Premier League. They bought him for only 7 million pounds.

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The 18-year-old broke the mould for young English talent when turning down a contract offer reported to be in the region of £30,000 per week at Manchester City to broaden his horizons and seek the regular football he was never likely to find at the Etihad. Such an environment would test Rashford, as it has tested Sancho.

"Obviously Christian Pulisic is another young guy, and I learn from him all the time", Sancho said of the United States worldwide. To me he is a flawless player. They're so determined to play.

Sancho added: "Not everyone is comfortable moving from home". I have to say thank you to the manager for playing me, trusting me.

Speaking of worldwide football, I was impressed with how the England women performed in their 1-1 draw with Australia on Wednesday, having also impressed in the 1-0 win against Brazil. "There's a lot of great young players out there".

Phil Neville was very critical about the standard of refereeing in women's football.

As for England's display, Fran Kirby was once again excellent and proved why she has deservedly received the Ballon d'Or nomination.

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