England boss Gareth Southgate has admitted that Jadon Sancho has been called up for the national team even though he does not deserve a place based on form.
The 21-year-old winger has struggled since his money pass from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United, failing to score a goal or assist in eight appearances in all competitions.
His numbers stand in stark contrast to those he produced for Dortmund last season, for which he scored 16 goals and 18 assists in 38 matches between the Bundesliga, Champions League and DFB-Pokal.
Sancho was also limited to one start and two substitute appearances as England reached the Euro 2020 final before losing to Italy on penalties, with United’s new signing also missing one of the penalty shots. after being entered.
Southgate has yet to name Sancho to his 23-man England squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary, however, and wants to reassure the youngster as he goes through a tough time.
8 – Jadon Sancho has neither scored nor assisted in any of his eight Man Utd appearances, this after scoring five goals and five assists in his last eight appearances for Borussia Dortmund. His longest run with no goals or assists at Dortmund was seven games. abused? pic.twitter.com/G8HwBZx7Gd
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“Does he deserve to be inside? [the England squad] on these performances in the last few weeks? Well, probably not, “Southgate said.
“But I think we feel we have invested in Jadon for a period of time, we believe he can reach a high level.
“I would like some time with him to talk to him and help that process that is also happening at Manchester United and I think for him to feel that we have faith in him at this point is a good message.”
Southgate also said it was only natural that Sancho needed time to adjust after moving from the German top flight to the Premier League, suggesting it would be harder for him to hit the same numbers in England.
“The Bundesliga is totally different, Dortmund are a great club but Manchester United are one of the biggest in the world,” continued Southgate.
“There is an adaptation to this, there is a definitive adaptation to the championship. You will not get the number of goals and assists, even remotely, in our league, that you are in the Bundesliga ”.
Before joining England, Sancho is hoping to start his season with a goal if he appears when United face Everton on 2 October, in the last match before the national team break.