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Jokanovic says Ryan Sessegnon should be in the England squad

last updated Saturday 23rd June 2018, 10:30 AM

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Fulham Coach Slavisa Jokanovic
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It was great to see Ryan Sessegnon on television enjoying his time in Russia. He's been out there, along with Phil Foden and Mason Mount, to get a smell of the World Cup tournament but in my opinion Ryan should be in the England squad.

People talk about players from the Championship as if they aren't good enough to play for their country but that's not right.

It's a very competitive league played in front of big crowds and plenty of the players represent their countries, such as Mile Jedinak of Australia.

OK, maybe it would take a brave coach to pick an 18-year-old player for a World Cup but Ryan is a special talent for Fulham. Whether he plays at left back, or on either wing, he has the physicality and speed to make an impact.

England had plenty of chances against Tunisia on Monday but Ryan normally doesn't need more than two and it's a goal.

Everything around him is positive and he has a huge time ahead of him.

He is not complicated, he is intelligent, and he will learn in great detail from this trip with the FA. It's a good idea, though he probably would have learned even more from within the competition.

Yet we must respect Gareth Southgate's decision because he is the one who really knows what he is looking for when he named the squad.

Ryan has ambition. If he is lucky with injuries, he can be one of the top players in the world and that's great for England.

When he came to train with us at 15 we had no grand plans for him but he showed in that pre-season that he had the quality to be an important option for the team. I took the decision and he has made great steps.

He turned 18 in May and to have played nearly 100 games at that age is exceptional. He made his debut at Leeds United and that surprised some of his team-mates but it shouldn't have. He was good enough. He copes well in every new situation you put him in.

There are no flash cars as far as I'm aware, I'm not even sure if he has his driving licence yet. What I do know is that I'm at our Motspur Park training ground for 8am and I often see him walking in already looking to begin his learning for the day.

The world doesn't revolve around him. He knows the meaning of sacrifice, solidarity and support for his team-mates.

This trip will serve as great motivation for his career. The next step for him will be to become part of England's squad for the European Championship in 2020.

There will be tougher times, Fulham may not win as much next season at a different level and there will be times we need to protect him because he may not play as well every week but I believe he will be a regular for his country long term.

England have a youthful squad, they have started the tournament brightly with good energy and Ryan can look forward to joining them in the future.

Source Slavisa Jokanovic at Daily Mail
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