Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount named in England squad

Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount named in England squad

Southgate has handed first senior debut call-ups to Mason Mount, Jadon Sancho and most notably James Maddison who has been in phenomenal form for Leicester City so far this campaign.

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 sporting director Michael Zorc has likened "brutally good" Jadon Sancho to the club's former player Ousmane Dembele.

The Chelsea midfielder, now on loan at Derby County, is the first Championship player named in an England squad since Wilfried Zaha in 2012. The latter has been called up before but never named in a squad.

They are not the only debutants, with midfielder Mason Mount also called up.

Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks, whose only cap came against Lithuania in October 2017, returns to the squad.

Southgate has made a strong impact since taking over from the sacked Sam Allardyce in 2016, evidenced by England's performances at Russian Federation 2018, when the Three Lions reached its first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

"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".

"Okay, we've got to think differently about it, be bold in some of our decisions and we'll get some of those right and some we won't get right. We are only successful because we have an outstanding support team and exciting players, who I believe over the next four years will improve, and I hope the players continue to excite the public".

Manchester United dismiss report Mourinho will be sacked today
It is a move that the club have made before, when they asked Mourinho to keep himself available as they decided what to do with Louis van Gaal .

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

Maddison has created more goalscoring chances than any other English player in the Premier League this season.

Mount has been directly involved in 17 goals in his past 18 league appearances across the Dutch Eredivisie and the Championship, including play-off games (10 goals and seven assists).

Jadon's is an unusual story.

"He's been fearless enough to go overseas and play", Southgate said.

"I think this aligns with what we've done in the last 18 months, really", said Southgate, who helped bring about the end of Wayne Rooney's worldwide career previous year.

Mason's situation is slightly different. He had a year at [Dutch side] Vitesse Arnhem last year so he's had another year of men's football.

"To have a player starting in the Champions League is of importance to us", Southgate said.

"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".

Related Articles