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Sancho steps it up with Three Lions after a transfer boost.

Byline: SAMUEL LUCKHURST

ENGLAND coach Gareth Southgate says Jadon Sancho's training performances have improved over the last week.

United agreed a PS72.9m fee with Borussia Dortmund to sign Sancho on Wednesday and the 21-year-old is expected to complete the transfer after the European Championship.

M.E.N. Sport revealed last week Sancho's subdued training performances had contributed to his lack of game-time in the group stage but Southgate has noticed an improvement over the past week.

"No, in fact I think Jadon over the last seven days has trained the best level in the time with us," Southgate said when asked if Sancho had been distracted by the United move.

"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."

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Jadon Sancho during an England training session

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Author:SAMUEL LUCKHURST
Publication:Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Date:Jul 4, 2021
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