Jadon Sancho

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Jadon Sancho
FC Salzburg gegen Manchester City FC (U19 8. Februar 2017) 09 (cropped).jpg
Sancho with Manchester City in 2017
Personal information
Full name Jadon Malik Sancho[1]
Date of birth (2000-03-25) 25 March 2000 (age 20)[2]
Place of birth Camberwell, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[3]
Playing position(s) Winger[4]
Club information
Current team
Borussia Dortmund
Number 7
Youth career
2007–2015 Watford
2015–2017 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017 Borussia Dortmund II 3 (0)
2017– Borussia Dortmund 78 (30)
National team
2015–2016 England U16 11 (7)
2016–2017 England U17 18 (14)
2017–2018 England U19 7 (2)
2018– England 11 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:21, 27 June 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:13, 14 November 2019 (UTC)

Jadon Malik Sancho (born 25 March 2000) is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger for German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the England national team.

Previously a youth player with Watford and Manchester City, Sancho signed his first senior contract with Dortmund in 2017. In his second season, he established himself as a first-team regular and was named in the 2018–19 Bundesliga Team of the Season.[5] Ahead of the 2019–20 season, Sancho won his first trophy following the DFL-Supercup victory over Bayern Munich.[6]

Sancho was part of the England youth team that won the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup and made his debut for the senior team in 2018.

Early life

Sancho was born in Camberwell, Greater London[7] to parents from Trinidad and Tobago.[8][9][10] He was raised in Kennington.[9][11][12] He became friends with fellow aspiring footballer Reiss Nelson, who lived nearby, after they played together in youth tournaments. Growing up, he was an ardent supporter of Chelsea.[13][14]

Club career

Early career

Sancho joined Watford at the age of seven.[11] Due to issues with commuting across London to the club's academy, he moved into accommodation provided by Watford and began attending their partner school Harefield Academy as a boarder, aged 11.[9][11] At the age of 14 he told his Watford under-15s coach about his intention to play for England.[15]

At the age of 14, he moved to Manchester City in March 2015 for an initial fee of £66,000 under the EPPP, potentially rising to £500,000 with add ons.[16][17] Sancho continued to impress in the Manchester City academy and was one of a trio of players that the Manchester City chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, said would be fast tracked into the senior set up in May 2017.[18][19] In July 2017, Sancho was omitted from Manchester City's pre-season tour squad due to a dispute over assurances of playing time in a new contract.[20][21][22] It was subsequently reported that Sancho was attempting to engineer a move away from the club and City were alarmed at Sancho's attitude after missing training following a pre-season tour.[23][24]

Borussia Dortmund

Sancho signed for German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund on 31 August 2017 for a fee reported to be in the region of £8 million and was immediately included in the first-team squad.[25][26][27] He later stated that he felt confident in making the move abroad due to his previous experiences in relocating with Watford and Manchester City.[11][9] Sancho made his debut for the club against Eintracht Frankfurt on 21 October, coming on as a substitute with six minutes left of the match, becoming the first Englishman to play a Bundesliga match for Dortmund.[28] Sancho made his first league start for Dortmund on 14 January 2018, hitting the woodwork in a goalless draw with VfL Wolfsburg.[29] He scored his first professional goal on 21 April 2018. It was the first goal in a 4–0 victory against Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga and he also assisted two other goals in the same match.[30]

Having signed a new contract keeping him at the club until 2022,[31] Sancho enjoyed a successful October 2018 by being named Bundesliga Player of the Month, registering three goals and an assist in just three league games.[32] Included among his goals for the month was a brace in a draw against Hertha BSC which saw him become the first player born in the 2000s to score twice in a single Bundesliga match and the youngest ever by a Dortmund player.[33] On 24 October, he also became the first player born in the 2000s to score in the UEFA Champions League for Dortmund against Atlético Madrid.[34]

During a 3–3 draw with Hoffenheim on 9 February 2019, he became the youngest-ever player to score eight goals in a single Bundesliga season, breaking the record previously held by Christian Wück.[35] Later that month, upon scoring in a 3–2 win over Bayer Leverkusen, he broke Lukas Podolski's record to become the youngest player to score nine Bundesliga goals, aged 18 years and 336 days.[36] On 13 April, Sancho scored a brace in a 2–1 win over Mainz and in doing so became the youngest-ever Dortmund player to score at least 10 goals in a single Bundesliga campaign.[37] Following an impressive league campaign in which he scored 12 goals and provided 14 assists, Sancho was named in the 2018–19 Bundesliga Team of the Season.[5]

Success continued ahead of the 2019–20 season, with Sancho providing an assist and scoring in a 2–0 DFL-Supercup victory over Bayern Munich on 3 August 2019.[6] Later that month Sancho agreed a new contract with Dortmund.[38] Sancho's goal in Dortmund's 3–3 draw with RB Leipzig on 17 December meant he had scored in seven consecutive games for the club (including in Champions League matches against Barcelona and Slavia Prague), bringing his talley up to 15 goals and 16 assists in the calendar year of 2019.[39] Sancho's three goals and three assists in five league matches during February 2020 saw him named Bundesliga Player of the Month for the second time in his career.[40]

On 31 May 2020, Sancho scored his first career hat-trick in a 6–1 away win over SC Paderborn. After scoring his first goal, he removed his shirt to reveal a shirt with the message "Justice for George Floyd", an African-American man who had died the previous week after a police officer kept his knee on Floyd's neck until he became unresponsive.[41]

International career

Youth career

Sancho has been capped by England youth teams, at under-16, under-17 and under-19 levels.[citation needed]

In May 2017, Sancho was part of the England under-17 team that reached the final of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship, and was named player of the tournament for his performances.[42] In September 2017, Sancho was named in England's squad for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup but the player's new German club resisted the call up.[43] The two parties eventually reached an agreement where he would be available for the group stages of the competition, but his participation was not guaranteed if England progressed to the knock out rounds.[44] On 8 October 2017, he scored twice in England U17's first match, against Chile.[45] On 16 October, during England's round of 16 tie against Japan, he was withdrawn from the competition by Borussia Dortmund.[46][11][9]

On 2 November 2017, Sancho was called up to the England U19 squad for the first time, joining them for 2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualification matches against the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Group 8's host-nation team Bulgaria.[47] He made his first start at U19 level in the 6–0 victory against the Faroes, lasting seventy minutes before being substituted for Ben Brereton;[48] He replaced Brereton in the 66th minute in the win over Iceland, which secured progression to the elite round.[49] He scored the only goal of the match against Bulgaria to help England top their group.[50] Coming on as a substitute for Brereton, Sancho scored the last of the goals in England's 4–1 win over Hungary in the first match of the elite round on 21 March 2018.[51]

Senior career

Following an impressive start to the 2018–19 season, Sancho was called up to the England senior squad for the first time on 4 October 2018 in preparation for UEFA Nations League fixtures against Croatia and Spain.[52] He made his debut as a 78th-minute substitute against the former on 12 October, in a 0–0 away draw.[53][9] On 22 March 2019, Sancho started his first competitive match for England in their 5–0 win over the Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium for a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying match.[54] During the September internationals, Sancho scored his debut goals for the senior team, a brace, in a 5–3 home victory over Kosovo in a Euro 2020 qualifier on 10 September.[55]

Career statistics


As of match played 27 June 2020[56]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Borussia Dortmund II 2017–18 Regionalliga West 3 0 3 0
Borussia Dortmund 2017–18 Bundesliga 12 1 0 0 0 0 12 1
2018–19 Bundesliga 34 12 2 0 7[b] 1 43 13
2019–20 Bundesliga 32 17 3 0 8[b] 2 1[c] 1 44 20
Total 78 30 5 0 15 3 1 1 99 34
Career total 81 30 5 0 0 0 15 3 1 1 102 34
  1. ^ Includes DFB-Pokal
  2. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Appearance in DFL-Supercup


As of match played 14 November 2019[57]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2018 3 0
2019 8 2
Total 11 2

International goals

As of match played 14 November 2019. England score listed first, score column indicates score after each Sancho goal.[57]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 10 September 2019 St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, England 8  Kosovo 4–1 5–3 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification [58]
2 5–1


Borussia Dortmund

England U17




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External links

  • Profile at the Borussia Dortmund website
  • Profile at the Football Association website