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Jadon Sancho will learn from Borussia Dortmund struggles vows England boss Southgate | Football | Sport


Gareth Southgate believes that Jadon Sancho will learn valuable lessons from his troubles at Borussia Dortmund.

And the England coach hopes that the 19-year-old begins to put those lessons into practise at Wembley on Thursday night. 

Fined £86,000 and made to jog laps of the pitch at Dortmund after reporting back late from international duty last month and dropped by manager Lucien Favre, Sancho then found himself humiliatingly hauled off after just 36 minutes of his side’s 4-0 crushing by Bayern Munich on Saturday.

But Southgate believes that Sancho, who cost Dortmund some £9million when they captured him from Manchester City two years ago, deserves to be cut some slack.

The England coach, expected to hand Sancho his 11th cap against Montenegro at Wembley, when a point will send the team to the Euro 2020 finals next summer, said: “Any young player is going to have ups and downs.

“Jadon has played a lot of football. A couple of games lately he’s gone into physically fatigued. 

“His club have taken the decision to keep playing him because he is a highly important player.

“It was a bit of a mixed bag recently. He was very good against Inter Milan, he had a difficult game against Bayern – but the whole team did.

“To keep playing him is unusual for a young player and it’s certainly unusual for a creative player – because it’s the hardest thing to do on the pitch, take players on. It’s much easier to stop them.         

“I know what has gone on. Jadon came to me at the beginning of the week and we had 25 minutes chatting about everything.

“We have a duty of care to him to help him to progress and to develop. 

“We have a good link with Dortmund. With the coaching and physical preparation department. We have a very good picture of everything.

“It’s an enormous challenge that Jadon has taken on, to go to another country. There’s the football of course, but he’s also adapting to life and the language.

“He’s done incredibly well, and it’s inevitable that there are going to be games where he’s maybe not as effective. 

“But he still has a high level of assists, a high level of goals. He’s a great talent and part of our job is to help him to succeed.”

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