Jadon Sancho: From Manchester City reserves to England international

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The rise of Jadon Sancho through the footballing ranks has been a surprising and rapid for the winger. Sancho has been far from any typical winger as the 18-year-old as gone from being part of Manchester City reserves to a Bundesliga star in just over twelve months, and he is now looking forward to represent his country, England.

He joined the Citizens from Watford as a 14-year-old boy and registered seven appearances for the reserve team, with the club so confident they have in their ranks, a serious talent for the future.

Sancho rejected City’s offer that will keep at the club for a long time almost eighteen months ago, not money though, but in a quest to find regular first team football elsewhere. The winger then signed for Borussia Dortmund on deadline day of the 2017 summer transfer window.

Dortmund were quick to jump in and take over his situation at Man City, offering him the No. 7 shirt that had recently be don by Ousmane Dembele, who left in the summer to join Barcelona, and Sancho has gone on to make quite impressive performances during his time in Germany.

Sancho was the patient dog eats the fattest bone type. He was part of the England team for the Under-17 World Cup last year, netting three goals in three group stage games, before Dortmund decided to recalled him from the tournament for his first-team debut game against Eintracht Frankfurt in October, 2017. However, Sancho’s hopes of nailing down a regular place in the team was belittle by injury but he still managed to register 12 Bundesliga appearances over the course of 2017/18 season, scoring one goal and creating four assists.

Despite the winger yet to start a single league game this season, the winger who’s blessed with blazing quick feet and technical ability, has been Dortmund’s ‘super sub’ during a fine start to the domestic campaign, netting one goal and creating six assists in just 124 minutes on field of which no player in Europe’s top-five leagues has been able to achieve.

He’s also registered appearance in the Champions League and German Cup for Dortmund, and he now boast an impressive figures of one goals and eight assists in nine appearances across all outings so far this season.

The just concluded week has been a rewarding one for him which he is unlikely to forget so soon. Sancho signed a contract extension until June 2022 with Dortmund on Tuesday before England boss Gareth Southgate handed him his first ever call-up to the Three Lions squad for the UEFA Nations League games against Croatia and Spain.

In other words, Sancho has bypassed the England’s under-21 team to become the first player born this century to earn call to the full England team, while he is also the youngest player to make the team list since Marcus Rasford in 2016.

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