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Sancho flourishing away from media's glare

Young star: Jadon Sancho has caught the eye for Dortmund
Young star: Jadon Sancho has caught the eye for Dortmund

By Simon Peach

Jadon Sancho is putting all the background noise about his future to one side as the teenage star looks to bring success to Borussia Dortmund and England.

The 19-year-old has established himself as one of the most exciting attacking talents in the world since taking the bold decision to leave Manchester City for the Bundesliga in 2017.

Sancho has flourished at Dortmund and naturally been subject to widespread speculation about his future, with Manchester United strongly linked with a big-money move for the England international.

Such talk would be a distraction for some, but the teenager's focus is squarely on making this a memorable season for club and country.

"I don't really try to take notice of all the media," Sancho said. "I just try to stay focused on my game.

"Obviously being in Germany has taken off the pressure of the media and I think that's really helping me a lot and keeping me focused."

Sancho is determined to help Dortmund lift the Bundesliga crown this term, before helping England build on their World Cup semi-final display at Euro 2020.

The teenager can underline his star status in a tournament that ends at Wembley and the Londoner would be open to a return to home shores one day.

"I can't tell the future but I wouldn't mind," he said. "La Liga I wouldn't mind also, but we don't know yet."

Uncapped youngsters Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Mason Mount and James Maddison have been brought into Gareth Southgate's ever-evolving group for the Euro 2020 home qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.

After last month becoming the youngest player to ever score 15 goals in the German top-flight, Sancho joins up with England having scored two and provided three more this season.

The attacker already has six caps under his belt for the senior international team and is reaping the benefit of his coaches' belief in young talent.

"We've always had a lot of talent but getting game time is really important, getting game time and getting comfortable to the league and to the pressure," Sancho added.

"It really helps you if you play week in, week out because you adapt to how you play. I feel that the coaches are believing in English players a lot more.

"My move to Germany has given the option to managers, to see that there is talent there and that they can give opportunities.

"There are a lot of good players coming up and hopefully we'll win major things with England. I just hope everyone gets their opportunity."

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