England confident of Jadon Sancho release

The youngster was a notable omission in the 20-players squad listed by coach Steven Cooper earlier; he is currently plying his trade with Borussia Dortmund.

Sancho is an integral part of England U-17 attacking unit and he displayed fine form in the European U-17 Championships with five goals and five assists.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Football Association (FA) is in touch with Borussia Dortmund for the release of striker Jadon Sancho in time to join the England national team at the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017. The youngster was a notable omission in the 20-member squad listed by coach Steven Cooper. “We are working closely with Borussia Dortmund and we are confident that he will play a part in the World Cup,” said the latter.

Sancho is an integral part of England U-17 attacking unit and he displayed fine form in the European U-17 Championships with five goals and five assists. The Watford lad walked away from Manchester City to join the Bundesliga side reportedly to get more first-team appearances than he expected back home. If the winger fits the U-17 World Cup bill, he will be one of the leaders in the forward line.

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Cooper elaborated: “It is not about individuals or personal glory. The World Cup is about team goals.” The youngster’s absence will be felt against opponents with defence tighter than New Zealand. His presence on the wing will create space for others on the pitch too.

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Talking about the electric-heeled winger in his squad, the England coach said: “Callum and Emilie are attacking players, their job is to get into the box which I thought they did in the first half.”

Cooper also stressed on the team spirit. “We are very focussed as a team. The players are here (except Jadon). The atmosphere and the motivation within the team is really positive.”

England will be based in Kolkata for the World Cup.

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