Jadon Sancho should look at Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka for inspiration

Down on his luck winger Jadon Sancho should look at how his compatriots Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka have responded to adversity for inspiration.

It said more about where Sancho currently stands in Gareth Southgate’s England plans that the Three Lions boss wasn’t even asked about the 22-year-old when announcing his 26-man World Cup squad.

Sancho’s form didn’t warrant a place on the plane to Qatar, and United’s number 25 has struggled for consistency since sealing his £73m move to the Red Devils from Borussia Dortmund last summer.

In his 18 months at Old Trafford, Sancho has played under four different managers, but despite playing under Erik ten Hag – a manager that wants to dominate football matches and gives his attacking players the freedom to express themselves, Sancho hasn’t kicked on and rediscovered the devastating form he consistently showed in Germany.

Jadon Sancho should look at Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka for inspiration

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While Sancho will have the opportunity to work closely with Ten Hag during a mini pre-season, the talented forward should also be taking a look at how Saka and Rashford have responded to their setbacks to help him overcome this difficult period.

As well as Sancho, both Saka and Rashford also missed penalties in the European Championship final shootout defeat to Italy at Wembley last summer.

After a dire 2021-22 campaign, there were question marks whether Rashford like Sancho would make Southgate’s World Cup squad.

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But United’s number ten looks reborn under the former Ajax manager and is crucially enjoying his football once again.

Like the Manchester United duo, Saka was also subjected to racial abuse and online hate after missing a penalty against Roberto Mancini’s Azzurri.

But since then, Arsenal’s number seven has scored 17 goals for the Gunners as well as providing 13 assists.

Rashford is United’s top scorer this season with eight goals across all competitions – he managed just five goals throughout the entirety of last season.

In England’s 6-2 win against Iran on Monday to kick off the World Cup in style both Saka and Rashford, on their first major international tournament appearance since the Euros final at Wembley last July, scored their first World Cup goal.

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After exercising the demons of missing a penalty against Italy, the pair are loving their football and in blistering form.

An in-form Jadon Sancho that became one of the hottest properties in European football due to his performances with Dortmund would get back in Southgate’s England team.

But Sancho has to focus getting back into the United side first before looking to get back into the international fold.

With Saka and Rashford shining in the Middle East, Sancho should be using his compatriot’s rise as a source of motivation for his very own revival.

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