England will resist the temptation to call up £100million-rated Jadon Sancho for this summer’s European under-21s championship.
However, The FA are reluctant to draft Sancho in at the expense of players like James Maddison, Ademola Lookman and Ryan Sessegnon who have helped England reach the finals, believing it would send out the wrong signal about loyalty.
England U21s will resist the temptation to call up £100million-rated Jadon Sancho this summer
‘I think it’s unlikely Sancho will go,’ revealed England manager Gareth Southgate. ‘There are so many good attacking talents in the 21s squad, part of their development has got to be to play in a tournament.
‘It’s not that he’s too big to play in the 21s, I don’t want him to think that for sure, but if you look in the attacking areas there are a lot players that can get really good experience this summer, and Sancho has already had that in terms of Champions League football and going for a title in the Bundesliga.’
Sancho has already won three full England caps and is included in Southgate’s latest senior squad for the double-header against Czech Republic and Montenegro. His 19th birthday is on the day England play in Podgorica on March 25.
The 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund winger is eligible for the prestigious tournament in Italy
Among the attacking players who should go as part of Aidy Bothroyd’s under-21s squad this summer are Tammy Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Dominic Solanke.
Southgate’s assistant Steve Holland has been to Germany this season to keep in touch with Sancho who has been linked with interest from Manchester United.
The England manager said about the teenager who left Manchester City to move abroad: ‘He’s adapted brilliantly to a huge life change but he’s also got a lot to learn and a lot to improve on. He’s far from the finished article.
‘I think there’s been games where he’s had a really big impact and moments in the season and others where he’s been learning so he hasn’t been quite as effective. He’s got to look at Raheem [Sterling] and Marcus [Rashford], look at their mentality and their mindset, because they are a brilliant example of players that are so focused on being the best they can be.’