England starlet Jadon Sancho has left the World Cup squad and has flown to Cyprus to join up his club, Borussia Dortmund, for their Champions League match against APOEL to be played on Tuesday. The England colts face Japan in their World Cup Round of 16 fixture in Kolkata on Tuesday but Sancho has been recalled by the Bundesliga club. Dortmund bought the young midfielder for around £8 million on the deadline day and he came to India with a rider that he would return to play club football after the U-17 World Cup group stage. The Football Association (FA) reportedly negotiated with Borussia Dortmund for an extension but it proved to be futile.
Sancho’s departure, which reduces England’s squad strength to 20, obviously didn’t please coach Steve Cooper, who hoped that the youngster would feature in the Dortmund first team in their weekend fixture. “Jadon has gone home. Dortmund have requested that he headed back to Germany, which is a disappointment in terms of the tournament. People enjoyed seeing Jadon play. It’s disappointing for him as well. He was enjoying his time in India. He was really relishing the chance to play in a World Cup. He loves playing for England and loves playing for this team in particular.
“It was disappointing to see him go. I can only imagine Dortmund playing him in the first team and he would start. I can’t think of any reason why you would call a player during the World Cup,” Cooper said.
Sancho scored three goals in three matches and provided three assists. He became a crowd favourite in Kolkata. Meanwhile, Dortmund will play Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday after losing 3-2 to RB Leipzig on October 14. Dortmund top the Bundesliga table at the moment, with 19 points from eight matches.