England's Sterling impressed by Sancho's work ethic

Jadon Sancho's modesty and work ethic is the perfect recipe for success, according to his England team-mate Raheem Sterling.

Published : Oct 15, 2018 17:29 IST

Jadon Sancho became the first player born this millennium to represent England.
Jadon Sancho became the first player born this millennium to represent England.

Jadon Sancho became the first player born this millennium to represent England.

England's Raheem Sterling has hailed Jadon Sancho's work ethic and is not surprised the 18-year-old has eased seamlessly into international football.

The Borussia Dortmund winger replaced Sterling with 12 minutes remaining in England's goalless draw with Croatia on Friday to become the first player born this millennium to represent the Three Lions.

RELATED | Sancho debut impresses Kane and Dier

Sancho impressed during his short cameo and Sterling – who trained alongside him at Manchester City before the former's move to the Bundesliga in August 2017 – always knew he had what it takes to succeed at the highest level.

"He is a really good talent and someone I've thought highly of since the first time I saw him at Manchester City when he was training with us in pre-season," Sterling told reporters.

"I thought highly of him - his work ethic and what he does with the ball. I know him really well and he's someone that is really modest but when he's on the field he wants to express his ability."

Sancho surprised many when he moved to Germany last year, but Sterling believes his team-mate made the right decision for his career.


"For someone so young to back themselves to go abroad is a credit to them," he added.

"To go abroad so young and back yourself, that shows a lot about the person. He could have taken the easy route and stayed at City but he saw himself developing better.

"That's what it's about in football - you have to judge your own situation and he did that perfectly and all credit to him.

"He has knuckled down in Germany and, when you're that age, it's probably something you need. To have that seclusion and be by yourself a bit and to concentrate solely on football. I'm really happy for him."

Sign in to unlock all user benefits
  • Get notified on top games and events
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign up / manage to our newsletters with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early bird access to discounts & offers to our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide to our community guidelines for posting your comment