Mason Mount and Jadon Sancho earn first England call-ups

Mason Mount and Jadon Sancho earn first England call-ups

Mason Mount and Jadon Sancho earn first England call-ups

Gareth Southgate applauded Jadon Sancho's gamble on an early overseas move after handing the Borussia Dortmund teenager his first England call-up.

GARETH SOUTHGATE admitted he could not turn his back on the "huge honour" of being England manager after signing a new deal yesterday.

There is no place in the squad for Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, while Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard miss out through injury. "They're confident players, we'd like to work with them now so that they get an understanding of how we work and we get a closer look at them".

We'd have no hesitation on playing either of them in the games coming up.

After minimum game time with the senior team, Sancho took the bold move to go to German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund youth team in 2017.

"It aligns with what we have done in the last 18 months", said Southgate.

Southgate's new contract will run until after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and he told the FA's website he is looking forward to continuing leading the side. We think there are some exciting young players that we've been tracking, either through their clubs or our junior teams ...

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

The 48-year-old is expected to sign the new deal on Thursday, committing his future to the Three Lions. "He's been courageous enough to go overseas and play", added Southgate.

The star of England's Under-17 World Cup triumph last year, the 18-year-old has made just two starts in all competitions for the Premier League champions. "He's started two Champions League games for Dortmund and he's had a really big impact from the bench in their league matches so that's been a really courageous decision from him to go and seek his opportunity".

One of England's weak points in recent years, including at the World Cup, was a lack of creativity and vision in midfield.

"The clock isn't here anymore, but what it did, it shaped our thinking and our behaviours", said the England boss, who also called up Harry Winks, Ross Barkley and Nathaniel Chalobah.

England kicked-off their UEFA Nation League campaign to a bad start as Southgate's men lost at home to Spain.

Harry Winks, capped once, has returned to the senior team the day after starting for Tottenham against Barcelona in the Champions League, while uncapped Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah is back in the squad after recovering from a long-term knee injury.

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