Jadon Sancho rewarded for bold move to Borussia Dortmund with England call-up

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Southgate will give a press conference at St George's Park this afternoon at 2pm to name his squad for England's Nations League matches against Croatia and Spain, live on Sky Sports.

On leaving Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund on transfer-deadline day last September, Jadon Sancho declared that "the time is right for a new challenge, where I can to start to fulfil my potential".

Reports suggested he would be handed his first U21 call but an impressive performance and an assist against Monaco on Wednesday changed Southgate's mind.

Along with the usual suspects, there is a light smattering of exciting new inclusions - with Southgate handing first senior call-ups to Leicester City tyro James Maddison, 21, and Chelsea youngling Mason Mount, 19, who is playing well on loan at Derby County at the moment.

The 21-year-old has scored three Premier League goals and assisted a further two since his summer move from Norwich City.

Scotland global and Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney has also been linked with a switch to England, but manager Alex McLeish said there is "nothing sinister" in his absence from the squad named this week.

Injuries have led Southgate to make changes to World Cup semi-finalists England's squad.

I have learned a great deal from them and their passion and professionalism in representing England has been an inspiration to my own work - in particular Steve Holland, who I'm pleased to be continuing to work alongside through to 2022.

"Jadon's is an unusual story for a young English player".

"I think this aligns with what we've done in the last 18 months, really", said Southgate, who helped bring about the end of Wayne Rooney's global career previous year.

"He's been courageous enough to go overseas and play", Southgate said.

The winger's promotion to the senior setup comes after a sparkling beginning to the new season for Dortmund that has included two Champions League starts.

Mason's situation is slightly different. This year in the Championship he's created more chances than any other player in the league. We're always conscious of the balance in bringing young players in but we think they are performing well with their clubs and they are confident players.

In the 25-man squad, 23 were born in the 1990s.

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