The Borussia Dortmund winger, 18, replaced Raheem Sterling in the second-half but couldn't break the deadlock as the game finished goalless
Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho has become the first player born this millennium to play for England.
The 18-year-old, who came on as a 78th-minute substitute for Raheem Sterling in the 0-0 draw with Croatia, was born on 25 March 2000.
Sancho becomes the second youngest England player to win his first cap in a competitive game, behind only Duncan Edwards in April 1955 against Scotland.
He has as many assists as anyone in Europe’s top five leagues this season and was labelled England’s brightest talent by Rio Ferdinand, but because he plies his trade in Germany, he remains a bit of an enigma to many Three Lions fans.
Here, talkSPORT takes a detailed look at the ex-Manchester City man’s life in football up to this point.
Who is Jadon Sancho?
Born in London to parents from Trinidad and Tobago, Sancho spent most of his childhood at Watford. He joined the Hornets as a seven-year-old and spent seven years of his youth career there, rising through the ranks and leaving a lasting impression on staff.
In 2015, the forward moved to Manchester City for an initial fee of £66,000 under the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) although that could rise to £500,000 with add-ons.
Sancho continued to go from strength-to-strength and quickly established himself as one of the academy’s brightest stars.
After two years at City, chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak revealed Sancho would be fast-tracked into the senior set-up.
However, in July 2017, Sancho was omitted from the pre-season tour squad due to a dispute over assurances of playing time in a new contract. He subsequently began to force a move away from the club.
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On 31 August 2017, Sancho joined Borussia Dortmund for a reported fee of £8million. The club immediately awarded him the number 7 shirt which had been vacated by Barcelona-bound Ousmane Dembele.
He had to wait for his opportunities with Dortmund. Sancho became the first Englishman to play a Bundesliga match for the club when he made his debut in October 2017 against Eintracht Frankfurt.
His first goal in professional football came on April 21 earlier this year. He opened the scoring in a 4-0 victory over Wolfsburg, a game in which he also notched two assists.
Since the beginning of the 2018/19 campaign, Sancho has mainly featured from the bench but made his first start of the season against Ausburg last Saturday.
In the 4-3 thriller, he notched his NINTH assist of the season as Dortmund climbed to the top of the league table.
Sancho has been a regular goalscorer for England’s under-16s, under-17s and under-19s, however he has never appeared for the under-21s as Southgate opts to fast-track him into the senior set-up.
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