Jamie Redknapp believes Jadon Sancho won’t be playing for the England national team if he stayed at Manchester City.
The former Liverpool midfielder was left in awe of the Borussia Dortmund youngster following his impressive display against the United States on Thursday but the pundit highlighted the player’s development since leaving City to get regular first-team action.
Sancho left the Premier League champions in 2017, much to the surprise of manager Pep Guardiola, but has since established himself as one of the most promising teenage footballers in Europe.
“Jadon Sancho, 18 years of age, what a talent. I was so impressed with him,” Redknapp said, according to Daily Mail.
“He’s a great example actually of a young player who took the opportunity to go and play abroad, got himself into the first team because no disrespect to Manchester City, if he had stayed at City there is no way he will have played for England tonight. It’s just a fact.”
“The fact that he has gone away, he’s taken a chance, a real gamble, been brave and it has paid off, it really has.”
“I love his flair. This kid has got so much talent the game is easy for him. He dribbles past people like they are not there. He moves the ball so effortlessly and that is a real gift when you can travel like that at pace.”
“He runs away from people, he has got step-overs, he wriggles away from people, can pick a pass. He’s so skillful. So skillful. To be doing that at 18 years of age on a big stage, it’s incredible. We are so lucky to have him.”