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Sancho leaves World Cup squad

Borussia Dortmund recall Young Lions striker from the U17 World Cup in India

Monday 16 Oct 2017

England will be without the services of Jadon Sancho for the rest of the U17 World Cup, after he was called back by his club Borussia Dortmund.

The 17-year-old had started all three of the Young Lions’ games in India so far and scored three goals to help Steve Cooper’s side into the last 16.

England v Japan
  • FIFA U17 World Cup
  • 3.30pm, Tuesday 17 October
  • Kolkata, India
  • Live on Eurosport

But the former Watford and Manchester City player was withdrawn before England’s final training session ahead of their knock-out match against Japan in Kolkata, leaving the player and his head coach disappointed.

“Jadon’s gone home, Dortmund have requested that he heads back to Germany which is obviously a disappointment in terms of the tournament,” explained Cooper.

“People enjoyed seeing him play and it’s a disappointment for him because he very much enjoyed his time in India and relished the chance to play in a World Cup. 

“He loves playing for England and this team in particular so it’s sad to see him go.

“I can only imagine Dortmund want him back to play in their first team at the weekend and I assume he will be starting for them, because I can’t think of a reason why you would take a player away from a World Cup.

“But we look forward, not back, and I’ve said on many occasions that it isn’t about one player and if any of the boys left through any reasons such as injuries or club commitments, we will always be about the team and the squad.

“I’m convinced that every player we have out here is capable of playing for England in a World Cup and also making a difference in a game.”

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Sancho said his farewell to the squad on Sunday evening before leaving the team’s base in Kolkata and heading to Cyprus where Dortmund play APOEL in the Champions League on Tuesday.

And Cooper says there is more than enough spirit and quality in his squad to cope with the loss of one player as the Young Lions eye up a spot in the quarter final.

“The spirit in the camp is excellent and we’re really excited about playing a knock-out game against Japan,” he added.

“It’s all to look forward to and be excited about and that’s the mentality that we’re going into it with.

“The game can’t come quick enough for us now.”

By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels