Monday 16 September 2019

Southgate to start teen Sancho

Jadon Sancho. Photo: PA
Jadon Sancho. Photo: PA

Jason Burt

Jadon Sancho will start England's Euro 2020 qualifier against Kosovo tonight after Gareth Southgate said there was no point holding back the 19-year-old winger.

It means a change will be made to a forward line that the England manager hailed as among the best in international football after the 4-0 win over Bulgaria on Saturday at Wembley.

Marcus Rashford is set to be left out against Kosovo, who are ranked 120th in the world but rated by Southgate as the most dangerous opponents in Group A.

Both full-backs are expected to be changed, with Trent Alexander-Arnold in for Kieran Trippier and Ben Chilwell ahead of Danny Rose. But it's the inclusion of Sancho which will excite England fans.

"We've got players we need to find (out) more about, give experience to, but in games where there's plenty riding on it, not that we've already qualified," he said. "We need to see people perform under pressure and how they're going to cope."

Sancho comes into that category. This will be his third competitive start as he bids to join Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling in attack.

© Daily Telegraph, London

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