England call up Sancho, Mount and Maddison
Gareth Southgate continues to pick young players for Three Lions squad
October 5th, 2018
The absence of Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek from the latest England squad means that there are new openings and Gareth Southgate has called up several promising youngsters.
Jadon Sancho, Mason Mount and James Maddison are all available for forthcoming Nations League clashes against Croatia and Spain, with the England coach explaining it’s part of the overall strategy.
“It aligns with what we have done in the last 18 months,” said Southgate.
“We’ve got a few injuries in the midfield in particular – Dele [Alli], Jesse [Lingard] and Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] have been missing – and Fabian Delph, so there is an opportunity there.
“Then we have a decision on which way we want to use that opportunity. We think there are some exciting young players that we’ve been tracking, either through their clubs or our junior teams.
“This is a great opportunity for us to look at them.”
Sancho is currently at Borussia Dortmund although the former Manchester City winger has been watched by Southgate.
“Jadon’s is an unusual story for a young English player. He’s been brave enough to go abroad and play,” added Southgate.
“He is a player that excites us a lot, he is adapting to a big football club and he has had two starts in the Champions League this year.
“He’s a player that is explosive, is really creative in the final third, and has had a big impact in terms of assists in the matches he has played, can score goals and has had a big impact in our junior teams in the last couple of years.
“Mason’s is a slightly different situation. He had a year at [Dutch side] Vitesse Arnhem last year so he’s had another year of men’s football. This year in the Championship he’s created more chances than any other player in the league.
“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.”