Mason Mount and Jadon Sancho earn first England call-ups

Posted October 08, 2018

The 48-year-old has handed maiden call-ups to Jadon Sancho, Mason Mount and James Maddison.

Southgate's men are now set to go head-to-head with Croatia and Spain in the upcoming global break.

"I feel as if there's still a chance to improve what we're doing", Southgate said after extending his contract. I'm very happy and so proud to be part of this team.

"We know it's not straightforward".

Dembele, a similarly tricky and exciting forward, has since gone on to win the double with Barcelona and won a World Cup winner's medal this summer with France, feats Sancho will be dreaming of emulating with Dortmund and England. You shouldn't duck that challenge. "Then we have a decision on which way we want to use that opportunity. But we inherently care about the project in a way that maybe would be hard to find in something else".

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That was further underlined in Southgate's latest squad announcement on Thursday, which saw him call up Mason Mount, Jadon Sancho, James Maddison and Nathaniel Chalobah for upcoming matches against Spain and Croatia.

Southgate speaking at St George's Park today.

Fulham keeper Marcus Bettinelli, Southampton counterpart Alex McCarthy and Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah are the other uncapped players.

"Where actually if you don't have a target like that... we started to work back from there".

Being a hard working young player pays off, at least that's what the Englishman thinks.

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Sancho epitomises that pursuit of progress.

"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 worldwide career past year. "He's been courageous enough to go overseas and play", added Southgate.

"Well, he's had a long period injured at Chelsea a year ago, so that wasn't a reflection on the quality of the player that he hadn't been with us, but he wasn't getting any football, really", Southgate said.

Scotland worldwide 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.

A number of other young players are heading overseas in a bid to make an impact, but Phil Foden remains on home soil with Manchester City.

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The 19-year-old Mount, a member of Chelsea's FA Youth Cup-winning teams of 2016 and '17, spent last season on loan at Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem and is excelling for a Derby side that is bidding for promotion back to the Premier League under Frank Lampard, a former Chelsea player.