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.”
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.”
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