Jadon Sancho still targeting World Cup spot after latest England snub


    Jadon Sancho scored Manchester United's opener in their 2-0 win over FC Sheriff
    Jadon Sancho scored Manchester United’s opener in their 2-0 win over FC Sheriff (Getty)

    Jadon Sancho insists he is not giving up hope of securing a place in England’s World Cup squad.

    The 22-year-old has been one of Manchester United’s brightest attacking threats in recent weeks and was on the scoresheet once again on Thursday evening as Erik ten Hag’s side sealed a 2-0 win over FC Sheriff in the Europa League.

    However, Sancho did not do enough to warrant a place in England’s squad for the upcoming international break, with Gareth Southgate’s side due to play Italy and Germany in the Nations League.

    Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw, who have both started just two Premier League games this season, have been included in England’s latest squad.

    And Sancho admits it is ‘unfortunate’ that he has missed out.

    ‘That [the World Cup] is one of the targets, but it is unfortunate that I didn’t get the call-up,’ Sancho told MUTV.

    ‘But I have to keep focusing on myself and keep working hard, week in and week out. So that is what I am going to do.’

    Manchester United's English striker Jadon Sancho controls the ball during the UEFA Europa League group E football match between Sheriff and Manchester United at Zimbru stadium in Chisinau on September 15, 2022. (Photo by Daniel MIHAILESCU / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP via Getty Images)
    Jadon Sancho has been left out of England’s latest squad (AFP via Getty)

    Meanwhile, Ten Hag hailed Sancho’s impact following another impressive display in United’s win over FC Sheriff in Moldova.

    ‘I think Jadon has so much has potential, he had good pre-season,’ said Ten Hag.

    ‘First he invested a lot and is on his way to getting really fit. It is a process, he scores goal and is in the moment in the season where he is more secure.

    ‘We can play over that left side with Tyrell [Malacia] and [Christian] Eriksen in that triangle, [and] how they moved together, I think they really were a threat for the opponent.’

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