Analysis of Jadon Sancho's stunning performance against Kosovo

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Jadon Sancho had an evening to remember at Southampton as he scored twice and made another in England’s 5-3 win over Kosovo.

The Borussia Dortmund star is quickly turning himself into a key threat in Gareth Southgate’s attacking armoury.

Here, the PA news agency takes a closer look at his performance.

Rewriting the record books

Having already been the first player born in the 21st century to play for England, he followed that up by becoming the first to score.

Not only that but, aged just 19 years and 159 days, he is now the youngest player to score two or more goals for the Three Lions since Wayne Rooney in 2004.
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Hitting the ground running

The teenager has had an electric start to the campaign domestically, having scored two goals and made three more in the first three games for Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

When he broke his international duck in the 44th minute he became the third player to score for England while playing in the German league, following in the footsteps of Kevin Keegan and Tony Woodcock.

That goal was an accomplished finish as he confidently tucked away Sterling’s incisive pass.

He cannot take too much credit for the second goal, other than to say he was in the right place at the right time to tap home another Sterling assist from a few yards out.

Staking a claim

It is fair to assume that Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling are locked in to play in Gareth Southgate’s front three, but this performance by Sancho proved he might be the third choice ahead of Marcus Rashford, the man he replaced in the team.

His ability to run with the ball was evidenced by his 100 per cent dribble success rate and it was his trickery down the right that earned him an assist as he beat his defender and sent in a low cross that was turned in by a Kosovo defender.

That was one of two key passes he made before eventually being replaced in the final 10 minutes.

Youthful naivety

Sancho perhaps showed he is still wet behind the ears in the second half when England were awarded a penalty.

The 19-year-old walked over to Harry Kane and lingered, possibly in the desperate hope that the skipper would hand him the ball and allow him the chance of an international hat-trick.

Kane was having none of it and eventually took the spot-kick himself, though saw it saved by Arijanet Muric and Sancho was denied the opportunity to claim the matchball.

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Didier Deschamps feels France have started to find rhythm after win over Andorra

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France manager Didier Deschamps feels his side have started to find their rhythm again after the world champions saw off Andorra 3-0 in Saint-Denis to stay on course for Euro 2020 qualification.

With Turkey also winning, 4-0 away in Moldova, Les Bleus are kept off the top of Group H on head-to-head record.

However, after Iceland were beaten in Albania, there is now daylight between them and third place ahead of a trip to Reykjavik next month.

Deschamps made four changes to the side which had beaten Albania at Stade de France on Saturday, with Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko and Lille forward Jonathan Ikone both starting.

France made a bright opening to take the lead in the 18th minute through Kingsley Coman, with Antoine Griezmann then seeing a penalty saved before the break.

Defender Clement Lenglet headed in his first senior international goal soon after the restart, but a third did not arrive until substitute Wissam Ben Yedder tapped home during stoppage time.

Despite not making more of their dominant possession and shot count, Deschamps was happy enough with the end result after what was a 100th match for Les Bleus at Stade de France.

“The score could have been wider and we could have had better efficiency, that is right,” Deschamps said at a press conference.

“But we still scored three goals anyway and left nothing for the opponent, who were more compact than Albania.

“We have found solutions. Obviously, the more efficiency we have, the better.

“But we scored seven goals in two games – these are things which did not happen before.”

France were without the likes of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba because of injury.

Deschamps, though, feels the squad showed plenty of depth.

“It is good that those who were involved could show what they can do, even if I prefer to have everyone available,” the France manager added.

“I hope that will be the case at future gatherings. The desire is there, the pleasure of playing together too.

“From the bench also, I enjoy watching them evolve. There is a common thread, and this is a very interesting idea.”

After heading to Iceland, the French will host Turkey in what could be a decisive Group H fixture.

France captain Hugo Lloris, the Tottenham goalkeeper, told reporters afterwards: “Even though we had a lot of absentees, it is still important to feel strong as a group.

“It was important to take those six points, and to position ourselves for the two decisive matches in October.”

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Gareth Southgate left with plenty to ponder after defensive errors against Kosovo

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England’s defensive mistakes gave Gareth Southgate food for thought on a night when his attackers’ devastating play proved enough to see off Kosovo in a thrilling Euro 2020 qualifying clash.

The Three Lions boss was at pains to stress in the build-up that international football’s new boys were not only far better than their place 120th in the world rankings but the toughest Group A test to date.

Yet while England’s march towards Euro 2020 continued with a fourth win from as many qualifiers, the pulsating 5-3 win against Kosovo left Southgate with plenty to ponder.

Jadon Sancho’s brace complemented Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane efforts, along with Mergim Vojvoda’s own goal, in a rip-roaring first half that started with Valon Berisha capitalising on a shocking Michael Keane mistake 34 seconds in.

Berisha scored a second in a sloppy second half that saw Harry Maguire foolishly give away a penalty that Vedat Muriqi scored unlike the normally reliable Kane, whose spot-kick miss summed up a strange night in Southampton.

“Well, bizarre really,” Southgate said of the performance.

“The outstanding features and the poor features are apparent to everybody, so we don’t need to get the video out and go back through it.

“Poor individual mistakes, a poor start to the game.

“The small period after half-time: ridiculous mistakes, poor decisions, lack of covering back.”

Asked if the individual errors were just a lack of concentration rather than anything more fundamental, the England boss said: “I think that is something that we have to consider over a period of time because there were obviously mistakes that were concerning, really.

“Whether it was the intensity of the game, whether it was the pressure, I don’t know.

“We’ve got to reflect on that, but they were such basic errors, really, that you have to learn from.”

There are no such problems at the other end of the field, with his attacking trio showing just why Southgate considers his forwards among the world’s best.

“Raheem, Jadon and Harry were outstanding,” he said.

“I mean Raheem’s two performances have been of the highest level.

“I think he’s been almost unstoppable, his awareness of where defenders were, his ability to ride challenges, his vision and desire to get in on goal, and unselfish play as well, so I couldn’t speak highly enough of the way he played.

“You know we were talking about the three on Saturday, Jadon’s performance was at that level as well.

“He worked really hard for the team without the ball and showed the ability he has to go past people, to be calm in tight areas. So, that part of our game was absolutely outstanding.”

Eccentric counterpart Bernard Challandes joked it was a shame that Sterling was not Kosovan – “it’s impossible to play against him or you do a foul” – and was pleased with his side’s display at St Mary’s.

“OK, we have decided to try to play football, to take risk and we have seen in the first half how strong England is,” the Kosovo head coach said.

“We have tried, we have played, we have also lost some unnecessary balls and we have paid immediately because the counters of England were very, very beautiful.

“Our idea was immediately to press England for surprise and, OK, we win this ball – or they give us the ball – it’s 1-0. It’s perfect for us.

“But after clearly England were very strong and played a very good half.

“Second half was good for us. If I do British humour, we have won 2-0 and who has won 2-0 against England in one half? Who is the last team?”

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