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There is also a nod for ex-Man City prodigy Jadon Sancho, 18, who is going great guns with Borussia Dortmund this season - thus potentially making him the first player born post-Millennium to play for England.

England manager Gareth Southgate, 48, revealed the reasons behind his contract extension.

With injuries ruling out midfielders Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek for the UEFA Nations League games against Croatia and Spain this month, Southgate chose to pick up-and-coming players who are likely to be regulars in the squad in the future.

One element of Southgate's leadership to come in for particular praise has been a continued faith in young players over more experienced campaigners who are unlikely to contribute a great deal in the long run.

We'd have no hesitation on playing either of them in the games coming up.

Borussia Dortmund have extended the contract with England's U-19 worldwide Jadon Sancho ahead of schedule, the "BVB" confirmed in an official statement on Wednesday.

After leading England to the World Cup semi-finals in Russian Federation, the Football Association (FA) rewarded Southgate with fresh terms until after Qatar 2022. 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.

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Sancho, a gifted wide midfielder who is 17, joined Dortmund from Manchester City past year and has broken through this season, scoring one goal and providing seven assists in nine games mostly off the bench.

Since his move from Norwich City for £20 million, the 21-year-old has been in fine form for the Foxes, having bagged three goals and two assists for the side so far. "He's been fearless enough to go overseas and play", added Southgate.

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.

One of England's weak points in recent years, including at the World Cup, was a lack of creativity and vision in midfield.

England lost to Spain 2-1 in its first match in the newly formed Nations League.

There are six uncapped players in total in boss Gareth Southgate's 25-man squad, which has an average age of 23.9.

His inclusion nonetheless raises eyebrows but Southgate feels his place and that of Derby County midfielder Mason Mount is well-deserved and with a number of key players absent through injury it gives both an opportunity to stake a claim.


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