England’s Jadon Sancho is buzzing. He’ll play with Rooney!

Gareth Southgate says England were 15th in the world a year ago. Now we are fifth.

“We want to be No.1,” he says. But Gareth admits that the journey from fifth to top will be harder than that from 15th to 5th.

Jadon Sancho, 18, says, “I can tell my kids I played with Wayne Rooney.”

Jadon’s style of play is much more creative than Steve Coppell, more nimble than David Beckham, more compact than Darren Anderton or Chris Waddle.

(And I was a fan of Darren and Chris, used to call them and do pieces for a few years).

Fabian Delph worked with Jadon for a week at Man City before  the kid left to join Borussia Dortmund, and Delph remembers how good Jadon was, even then.

Jadon’s ’s been a revelation in  the Bundesliga and Dortmund are now top of the table.

This kid beats defenders with ease, passes sharply and neatly at the right moment, scores goals and gets loads of assists , and has now scored in the Champions League. That’s a higher level and a big challenge for any young player

To quote a German manager on Merseyside, that’s how it is.

Why is Jadon so special?

Because he’s a natural dribbler who can see passes and make assists all the time. He produces. He’s a chance-machine.

One of the things I always liked about Rooney  was that he could adapt quickly to those around him. He  could play with anybody.  After watching  Rooney for about ten years, I suddenly twigged  that he really likes other footballers. That’s nice. Because footballers are some of the most selfish people on this planet.

England v USA tonight at Wembley?

Are the USA any good?  I have no idea. They weren’t at the World Cup and are not on my radar, so they’ll need to beat England to earn my attention.

Gareth Southgate says England were 15th in the world a year ago. Now we are fifth.

“We want to be No.1,” he says. But Gareth admits that the journey from fifth to top will be harder than it was from 15th to 5th.

Jadon’s style of play is much more creative than Steve Coppell, more nimble and precise than David Beckham or Darren Anderton or Chris Waddle

Fabian Delph worked with Jadon for a week at Man City before the kid was sold to Dortmund, and he remembers how good Jadon was, even then.

He’s been a revelation in the Bundesliga and Dortmund are now league leaders.

To quote a German manager on Merseyside, that’s how it is.

This kid beats defenders with ease, passes sharply and neatly at the right moment, scores goals, gets loads of assists and has now scored in the Champions League. That’s a higher level.

Why is Jadon Sancho so special?

Because he’s a natural dribbler who can see passes and make assists all the time. He produces. He’s a chance- machine.

One of the things I always liked about Rooney was that he could adapt quickly to those around him. He could play with anybody. After watching Rooney for about ten years, I suddenly twigged that he really likes other footballers.

That’s nice. Because footballers are some of the most selfish people on this planet.

England v USA tonight at Wembley?

Are the USA any good? I have no idea. They were not at the World Cup and are not on my radar, so they’ll need to beat England to earn my attention.

Will Jadon Sancho start against Croatia on Sunday? I hope so! If they’re good enough, they’re old enough.

PS. Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has admitted that Bayern wanted Jadon in the summer of 2017 and made him an offer that was turned down. Bayern are fifth in the Bundesliga table.

England just powerful enough to edge out creative Croatia