If given a rare opportunity to play against Germany at Euro 2020, England’s forgotten man Jadon Sancho has promised to “show everyone what I can accomplish.”
The Borussia Dortmund winger is part of England’s team preparing for their last-16 clash at Wembley on Tuesday, but he has only played six minutes so far as the Three Lions finished first in Group D with seven points.
Sancho is behind Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Marcus Rashford, and Bukayo Saka in Gareth Southgate’s pecking order despite an outstanding season in Germany.
The 21-year-old made his debut as a late substitution in the third game against Czech Republic.
But however brief it was, Sancho says it was a ‘special’ moment to make his major tournament debut and said he will be ready to showcase his talents if given the chance.
Speaking on The Official England Podcast, he said: ‘It was definitely special to get my first minutes in the game. It was something that I’ll never forget.
‘Hopefully I can get more minutes in games to come. I’ll just take my time and when I get my chance to play, I’ll show everyone what I can do.
‘I think competition helps everyone. If you don’t have competition then sometimes you can get carried away and you don’t see the things you need to work on to try to improve your game.
‘Definitely competition is very high here.’
When pressed on Sancho’s sparing minutes prior to the 1-0 Czech Republic victory, Southgate explained that the winger relative international inexperience was why he had been sparing up to that point.
‘We’ve got some explosive options and a lot of them are young players and experiencing a big tournament for the first time’, the England manager said.
‘So as a coaching staff we are realistic about our expectations of them as individuals.
‘Jadon is in that mix. He’s trained well the last few days and of course we have got those options and those decisions to make.’
Sancho’s impressive showings at Dortmund have earned him a £77million move to Manchester United summer, with the long-awaited deal now thought to be ‘on the home stretch’.
The former Manchester City man has 20 caps for England with 3 goals, while he has an impressive 50 strikes and 64 assists in 137 appearances since joining the Bundesliga club in 2017.