Jadon Sancho Reveals He Was “Surprised” by England Call-Up Despite his Bundesliga Form

Sancho's in-line for his first senior cap this Friday.

October 10th 2018

Jadon Sancho has revealed that he was “surprised” by getting called-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad.

Speaking to Sky Sports during his first-ever England press conference, the 18-year-old said, “I was at training when I first got the call-up and straight away I called my parents. Obviously they were delighted for me and I couldn’t stop smiling the whole day.”

“I was a bit surprised to be fair because obviously I’m so young, I’ve got a lot to learn, I’m just grateful he’s seeing my progress in the Bundesliga and I’m just very thankful.”

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Opening up more on life since his move from Manchester City, Sancho also said he’s relishing the football culture out in Germany, “I like it a lot. Obviously the culture’s different and the fans have so much passion for the game and obviously support me every week. It’s a dream come true. From a young age I was moving away from home [from London to Manchester], so that’s what made me take that step further to move outside of England.

“Obviously I can’t just go down the road and see my friends [anymore] but again, what I want to do long-term is be a professional footballer so you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to make myself happy and obviously make my family happy.”

He also confidently answered a question about being handed the No. 7 shirt at BVB, adding “I was kind of surprised when they offered me… but I realised ‘why not?’. I believe in myself so why not.”

Now read why Jadon Sancho is changing the game for future England players with his move abroad, here.