Jadon Sancho will join Declan Rice to drink his first beer if England has a successful summer… provided he gets his mother’s seal of approval!
Gareth Southgate’s young side stands in stark contrast to Terry Venables’ Euro ’96 crop, which gained notoriety for his pre-tournament escapades.
Declan Rice admitted earlier this week that he has never even tasted a drop of lager – much to Alan Brazil’s disgust – but that he will try one if England win the Euro.
And Sancho joked on talkSPORT, he’ll do the same, if he can get permission, of course.
“I think I’ll join him,” Sancho told talkSPORT when asked about Rice’s statement. “I have never had beer!
“I’m not really a heavy drinker so I don’t know about that.
“I have to ask my mom if I’m allowed to!” “
The Borussia Dortmund winger is relaxed ahead of the Euro and feels fit and fresh after recovering from a muscle injury he sustained in March which saw him miss the League quarter-final clashes champions with the former club Manchester City.
At the time, Erdin Terzic’s men had only six games left and struggled to qualify for elite European competition – until Sancho’s return.
The 21-year-old scored four goals, had two assists and two Man of the Match awards as BVB finished third in the Bundesliga and beat RB Leipzig 4-1 to win the German Cup.
His return to form and fitness will also have put a pretty big smile on Gareth Southgate’s face ahead of the start of the European Championship.
As Croatia looms large in England’s Group D opener at Wembley on Sunday, Sancho knew he had to work to get back to his best.
“To be fair, when I got injured I was disappointed because I was in such great shape,” he told talkSPORT’s Faye Carruthers.
“But I knew I had to come back even stronger and obviously that’s what I did in my recovery as well.
“So I was just focusing on myself, I was in the gym and I was working on a few things that I had to work on.
“I came back even stronger, pushing us through. I think we were about sixth or seventh in the league and we had to qualify for the Champions League.
“So we had goals, especially to win the Pokal, I’m happy to come back and lift the team with some motivation and some goals and assists.”
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