Raheem Sterling has revealed Jadon Sancho had “begged” him for his assistance to score his first international goal the night before England’s win over Kosovo.
England’s 5-3 victory against Kosovo on Tuesday evening sparked many concerns especially for the manager Gareth Southgate. One thing that out-stood amongest all was the electricity of the front three: Sterling, Sancho and Harry Kane.
Sancho scored his first two senior international goals for the three lions. Both were through Sterling’s assistance who admitted that the 19-year-old had been in his room the previous night asking for help to score.
Sterling said, “he came in my room at 10:30 pm last night begging for me to square one to him. So, I was really happy to see him score his first one. He’s a good kid.”
“Even when I was at that age, I wasn’t doing some of the things he’s doing. He is professional.”
Sancho has been in fine form for Borussia Dortmund this season, scoring twice and assisting three goals in three Bundesliga matches. Sancho replaced Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford from the 4-0 win against Bulgaria on Saturday.
Southgate applauded his front three for their performance at St Mary’s. To spice it up, he branded Sterling’s display “unstoppable” as he scored one and created three more goals.
“Our attacking play, Sterling, Sancho and Kane were outstanding.” Said Southgate. “I mean Sterling’s two performances have been of the highest level.”
“I think he is almost unstoppable. His awareness of where defenders were, his ability to ride challenges, his vision and desire to get in on goal and unselfish play as well, I couldn’t speak highly enough of the way he played.”
Sancho had to settle for a place on the bench against Bulgaria on Saturday. Certainly, he made the most of starting opportunity against Kosovo.
He said, “it is very good, especially when you make them the passes, they are going to get on the end of it. So, it’s always good to play with them (Sterling and Kane) and all of the other players. They are all good players.”
“I’m really happy to score my England goals, especially finishing it off with a win. It was a special goal for me and my family and I dedicated it to my nan who recently passed away.”
“I was just thinking of my nan and how proud she would be of me. Just making my mum smile, my dad smiles and making my whole family smile. It was really a good moment for me.”
This performance was a continuation of what we’ve already seen from Sancho in an England shirt. His pace and skill caused problems for Kosovo from the start. His goals made him the youngest player to score twice in a single game for England since Wayne Rooney in 2004.