- Gareth Southgate hints he will start Jadon Sancho for England tour of Andorra
- Sancho has yet to score a goal or assist since his £73million move to Man United
- Southgate also confirmed Kieran Trippier will captain England on Saturday
- This means that Captain Harry Kane and Deputy Jordan Henderson will not start
Gareth Southgate is set to give Jadon Sancho a confidence-boosting start in Andorra and says the qualities of the Manchester United winger are perfect for this competition.
England head coach, who confirmed Kieran Trippier to captain his side this evening, has debated whether to pick Sancho for this round of fixtures due to a difficult start to life at Old Trafford. No goals or assists.
Southgate has held lengthy talks with the 21-year-old at St George’s Park this week and will now give him a chance to build his confidence against a side whose only ambition is to avoid defeat.
Jadon Sancho to be handed the start by Gareth Southgate for England’s tour of Andorra
Southgate (right) also confirmed Kieran Trippier (left) will captain England on Saturday night
When Andorra toured Wembley last month, they made the competition difficult and England scored most of their goals late; This is why Southgate believes Sancho’s trickery and pace will be key in giving his team an early advantage.
“We will need players who are good in one-on-one situations and are able to take their opponents out of the game,” Southgate said. “We will also need players who can get in between the lines and manipulate things.
‘Jadon has all those qualities. Part of the challenge for them is adapting to change in a big way – in style, league, expectation.’
Sancho has struggled at Man United since his £73m move without a goal or assist
Sancho was United’s biggest signing of the summer and Southgate thinks his biggest hurdle is adapting to the Premier League.
‘The intensity of every game in the league is so different,’ Southgate said. ‘At Dortmund, they are a big club and they have a lot of games that they win comfortably.
‘But he initially played against teams like Wolves in the lower third at the time, but his intensity must have taken him by surprise.’
Trippier’s captaincy means Harry Kane (left) and Jordan Henderson (right) won’t start
Meanwhile, Trippier will be the 126th captain of England. It shows the respect in which he is held by Southgate and the news shook the entire back.
Trippier, who won England’s 35th cap, said, ‘Captaining my country is one of my best feelings, one of the proudest moments of my career. ‘Hopefully I can follow it up with a win but I am speechless, really, to captain my country and take the boys out. You know it’s something I’ll never forget.
‘I can only thank Gareth for what he did for me, and the trust he personally has in me to make me captain. This is a real moment.’