Jadon Sancho nutmegs Matthijs De Ligt during Nations League
Before Jadon Sancho even kicked a ball for England he had already earned a reputation for pulling off the spectacular.
The Borussia Dortmund winger made a mug of Harry Maguire during training, sitting the Leicester defender down with some brilliant dribbling, before he beat goalkeeper Jack Butland with a superb panenka penalty.
Sancho is tremendously gifted and he showed his range of talent during the first-half of England's UEFA Nations League semi-final with Holland when he nutmegged Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt.
Jadon Sancho has just ended De Ligt's career before it even properly started 🏴 pic.twitter.com/OuyOpvyf5c
— Football HQ (@FootbaII_HQ) June 6, 2019
The Dutch centre-back endured a tough first-half after gifting England a penalty when he took down Marcus Rashford inside the box.
The 19-year-old mistimed his touch and attempted to tackle Rashford after losing possession but instead conceded a cheap penalty which the United forward duly converted.
De Ligt and Sancho have both been linked with summer moves to Manchester United but the former played down such speculation and insists that transfer news concerning his future must be taken with a grain of salt.
"I have read the reports about Manchester United," De Ligt told Fox Sports. "I have seen the salary I would get, too. Would you take it?’ ‘People should take these reports with a grain of salt. The stories are funny though.
"Everyone has been talking about my future for a year now. One day I will go there, and the next day I will go somewhere else. I have made quite a tour through Europe haven’t I?
"My focus is on the Nations League and after that I will see what will happen."