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Sport Southgate urges young players to follow in the footsteps of Sancho

16:06  27 october  2020
16:06  27 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Gareth Southgate has urged more English players to follow Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham's lead and move abroad to develop their game.

Southgate has spoken before about the need for the English game to shed its island mentality and look at the bigger picture beyond the Premier League.

Sancho moved from Manchester City to Borussia Dortmund three years ago and Bellingham joined him last summer after leaving Birmingham City.

Gareth Southgate wearing a suit and tie: England manager Gareth Southgate believes more players can benefit from playing abroad © Provided by Daily Mail England manager Gareth Southgate believes more players can benefit from playing abroad a man holding a football ball: Jadon Sancho moved to Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City to realise his potential © Provided by Daily Mail Jadon Sancho moved to Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City to realise his potential

In an interview with GQ, the England manager suggested that players who move abroad, learn a new language and adapt in a new place 'helps to make them a more rounded person and in the end that'll help you as a player'.

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Southgate added: 'We've had a few guys go there on loan to other clubs. Not all of those have been successful.

'Jadon [Sancho] is the obvious example who has been a success, Jude [Bellingham] has started really well but I think the more players travel abroad and play, the better.'

a football player on a field: Jude Bellingham left Birmingham City last summer to join Sancho at Dortmund in Germany © Provided by Daily Mail Jude Bellingham left Birmingham City last summer to join Sancho at Dortmund in Germany

Southgate believes that English football - in particular the national team - has been slow to realise the benefits of players moving abroad to fulfil or at least start to unlock their potential.

He said: 'The rest of Europe has always done that and very often their league hasn't been able to support the better players, the smaller countries, Croatia, Portugal, Belgium, they've exported their players.'

'So their own league is full of their best young players and their better players then go and play in Serie A, the Bundesliga or the Premier League or La Liga.'

'We haven't done that and we've probably suffered as a consequence of that. Our players weren't exposed to different tactical requirements and to those life experiences that help to improve you as a person.'

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