Sancho amazed at nomination – Ronaldinho in his head
Jadon Sancho’s career curve continues to show an extremely steep upward trend: Dortmund’s high-flyer could already make his debut for the English senior national team on Friday (8.45 pm). Before that, he gave an insight into his emotional world – and into his football influences.
Sancho has also been able to please Dortmund this season with really good performances. It came as no surprise that the BVB promptly tied the youngster to themselves until 2022. Shortly afterwards, the youngster was nominated for the first time for the senior national team of his home country. Coach Gareth Southgate was impressed: “Jadon’s story is unusual for a young English player. It was really a courageous decision for him to go abroad and take the opportunity.”
Of course, the English journalists were also very interested in what Sancho himself had to say about his nomination. “I was at the training when I heard about it,” beamed the 18-year-old on the podium: “Then, of course, I called my parents directly. They were very happy for me. And I couldn’t stop smiling all day long.” Despite his impressive performances for his age, Sancho didn’t think the time was ripe yet. “To be honest, I was a bit surprised because I am still extremely young and have to learn a lot. But I’m thankful that the coach sees my progress in the Bundesliga.”
Like many before him, Sancho dreamed as a child that one day he could play for his country. “That’s the biggest thing that could have happened to a young guy like me,” confessed the winger. The important match against Croatia in the Nations League could already have happened. “That would be a dream that would come true. I couldn’t imagine anything better”.
Adventure in Dortmund: The main thing for the professionals
Sancho is the first player from the 2000s to ever be nominated for England. The media representatives were also interested in his unusual move to leave the island for Dortmund: “I was only focused on improving myself as a player. My goal was to get a chance with the professionals and collect minutes there.
And how would he describe his playing style himself? “I already have a few tricks, I’m direct and just self-confident. I believe in myself in one-on-one situations,” says Sancho, who in the Bundesliga and the Champions League has been able to give many an opponent a taste of his skills. His most important influence: “In my youth I always followed Ronaldinho on YouTube. I liked the way he carried his team with his performances. He tried things no one else tried.”