Ferdinand admits ‘just happy to be watching’ Sancho and thinks Dortmund star will be England’s best player

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RIO FERDINAND was full of praise for Jadon Sancho predicting the 18-year-old will be “the best English player in the coming year”.

Sancho starred for Borussia Dortmund as the Bundesliga leaders travelled to Wembley to face Tottenham in the Champions League Round of 16 first leg tie.

Ex-England defender Rio Ferdinand praised Jadon Sancho’s first-half performance against Tottenham
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Jadon Sancho has thrived in Germany this season scoring seven times in the league
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The winger had an excellent first-half frequently causing Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez problems down Tottenham’s left side.

Ex-Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, working as a pundit for BT Sports was taken away by the performance from the ex-Man City starlet Sancho.

Ferdinand said: “No goals but I’ve seen Jadon Sancho – I’m just happy to be watching. I’ve been up screaming and dancing.

“An 18-year-old scaring the life out of seasoned Premier League players. I love it. I think he’ll be the best English player in the coming years.

The winger had a traffic first-half in the Champions League last 16 tie which prompted praise from Ferdinand
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Ferdinand predicted Sancho will become England’s best player in years to come
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“Every time he gets the ball he has the respect of defenders before it’s been kicked. The defender knows he’s going past him it’s just a matter of how.

“It’s unbelievable to see. He doesn’t stand still, he moves again.”

Despite Sancho’s inspired first 45 minutes – he could do nothing to prevent Tottenham’s dramatic second-half performance.

The home side snatched an early lead after a perfectly delivered Vertonghen cross was met by Son Heung-min who opened the lead.


Fernando Llorente scored Tottenham’s third of the night as they take a major lead into the second leg
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Despite Sancho’s inspired first-half performance the winger was marked out of the game after the break
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Vertonghen would then extend his sides lead on 83 minutes as it was his turn to get on the end of a cross as his guided finish made it 2-0.

Just three minutes later Fernando Llorente made it three – as Mauricio Pochettino’s men go into the second leg with a commanding lead.

Vertongen turned in a Man of The Match performance as he assisted and scored goals while nullified the dangerous Sancho in the second half.

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