Boothroyd hails ‘brave decision’ from Southgate as young trio join England squad

Boothroyd hails ‘brave decision’ from Southgate as young trio join England squad

Gareth Southgate has stuck to his youth policy by picking two teenagers and a 21-year-old for the England squad to face Croatia and Spain.

Sancho, 18, has impressed since moving to Dortmund at the start of the 2017-18 season, and has assisted the most goals in Europe's top five leagues so far this season.

England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd hailed Gareth Southgate's fearless senior call-ups for Jadon Sancho, Mason Mount and James Maddison - even if they have come earlier than expected.

"Very often we hold youngsters back a bit too much", said Southgate, who previously coached England's under-21 team.

We'd have no hesitation on playing either of them in the games coming up.

Southgate's side then travel to Seville to take on Spain, who won 2-1 at Wembley in England's first Nations League match last month.

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Discussing his extension, Southgate said: "You can have great relationships with your clubs and I did with mine - I had really special relationships with all three of my clubs - but emotionally the national team has always been the biggest thing for me".

"There is an opportunity there", he added, regarding the injured players. We have a few injuries in midfield in particular so there was an opportunity there. "They're confident players, we'd like to work with them now so that they get an understanding of how we work and we get a closer look at them". He played past year on loan at Vitesse [Arnhem] and has had another season of men's football and created more chances than any other player in the league. "He's been fearless enough to go overseas and play", added Southgate. "He's started two Champions League games for Dortmund and he's had a really big impact from the bench in their league matches so that's been a really courageous decision from him to go and seek his opportunity".

The 21-year-old has scored three goals and picked up two assists in only seven appearances for Claude Puel's side, impressive form that has caught the eye of the England boss.

Sancho signed a new contract with Borussia Dortmund earlier this week and now he has earned his first call up to England's senior team. The selection of Sancho and Mount, as well as set-piece specialist Maddison, is Southgate's way of confronting that problem.

Several other uncapped players are also involved: Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli, Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah making up the sextet of debutantes.

England kicked-off their UEFA Nation League campaign to a bad start as Southgate's men lost at home to Spain.

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