Dortmund teenager handed England call-up as Southgate pens new deal

Leeds United left-back Barry Douglas who will miss Saturday's game against Brentford at Elland Road through injury

Jadon Sancho, Mason Mount and James Maddison have received their first England call-ups for this month's Nations League matches against Croatia and Spain.

Sancho has made a stunning start to the new season with Borussia Dortmund and is now the leading assist maker in Europe's top five leagues with eight assists, despite having just started two games in all competitions.

Reports suggested he would be handed his first U21 call but an impressive performance and an assist against Monaco on Wednesday changed Southgate's mind.

Another attacking midfielder, 21-year-old playmaker James Maddison, also received a first call-up after impressing in his first season in the Premier League at Leicester.

The 21-year-old has scored three Premier League goals and assisted a further two since his summer move from Norwich City.

Fulham keeper Marcus Bettinelli, Southampton counterpart Alex McCarthy and Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah are the other uncapped players.

Mount, now on loan from Chelsea at Derby, is another to have experienced football overseas, with the 19-year-old having spent last season at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.

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Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks, whose only cap came against Lithuania in October 2017, returns to the squad.

The latter has been called up before but never named in a squad.

With injuries ruling out midfielders Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek for the UEFA Nations League games against Croatia and Spain this month, Southgate chose to pick up-and-coming players who are likely to be regulars in the squad in the future.

Mount has been directly involved in 17 goals in his past 18 league appearances across the Dutch Eredivisie and the Championship, including play-off games (10 goals and seven assists). He has been courageous enough to go and play overseas and has started two Champions League games for Dortmund and has also had a big impact from the bench in their league games.

"I must acknowledge the hard work and commitment of my staff and the players over the last two years".

"Mason's is a slightly different situation". This year in the Championship he's created more chances than any other player in the league. We think there are some exciting young players that we've been tracking, either through their clubs or our junior teams ...

Jadon Malik Sancho was born in London, England on March 25, 2000, which makes him 18-years-old.

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