Jadon Sancho has upped his efforts in England training after agreeing on a transfer to Manchester United.
That’s according to his national boss Gareth Southgate, who dismissed concerns the Dortmund forward is distracted by the noise around him, saying he’s currently training at his “best level”.
Sancho is yet to start a match for England in this summer’s Euros and has featured only sporadically from the bench.
The youngster is however expected to start for the Three Lions in their quarter-final clash with Ukraine this Saturday.
And Southgate has suggested Sancho’s improved performances on the training ground since the news was announced is largely behind his decision.
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When asked if he feels Sancho has been distracted by the transfer speculation around him, Southgate told ITV: “No, in fact, I think Jadon over the last seven days has trained the best level in the time with us.
“You accept there are lots of ongoing transfer situations and nobody is coming in for talks, nobody is going out for talks.
“But we can’t stop people’s phones ringing and we can’t stop business happening outside of that and you just have to trust the players and they’re all very focused.
“I haven’t really had a long discussion with him about it at this moment, because that story’s been going on for 12 months. When everything’s confirmed I’m sure I’ll have a chat with him.
“But there’s so much speculation about all of our players, I don’t pick up every little individual piece but I’m checking in with the players every single day to see how they are and the biggest thing is he’s been very focused in his training and that’s been good.”
Chelsea’s Mason Mount has been out of action alongside Ben Chilwell in recent weeks after coming into close contact with Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour, who contracted Covid.
But the Champions League winner is also in contention to start for England this Saturday after serving his self-isolation period.