Jadon Sancho denies that the constant transfer speculation about a move to Manchester United over the summer has affected his form.
The Borussia Dortmund forward has yet to get off the mark in the Bundesliga this season but scored his first England goal in 14 months as they beat the Republic of Ireland 3-0 in a friendly on Thursday.
Sancho has so far enjoyed a fine career in Germany since moving from Manchester City in 2017.
He was constantly linked with the red half of Manchester over the summer transfer window but ultimately a move did not transpire.
But the 20-year-old does not believe the persistent rumours over his future have led to his slow start to the current campaign.
“No, I don’t think so,” he replied, when asked if transfer talk has had an impact.
“Every player has a little dip in their career and I feel like I’m going through that at the moment.
“It is just how I am bouncing back and I’m just happy to have managers who have faith in me and keep starting me.
“I’m just happy to be starting for England. Every time I play I try to do my best, luckily enough I got the goal and I’m happy to help the team once again.”
Sancho not feeling the pressure
Sancho also said he does not feel burdened by a weight of exterior expectations after he burst onto the international scene.
“I just expect a lot from myself personally,” he told ITV.
“So when I play I always try to assist and score and always help the team. A couple of games ago I hadn’t been scoring or assisting but yesterday I knew I had a chance.”
Sancho was joined in the England squad by Dortmund team-mate Jude Bellingham, who became the third-youngest player to make his Three Lions debut as he came on during the second half against Ireland.
“He deserves it,” Sancho said of the 17-year-old midfielder.
“At Dortmund he gives 110 per cent, his performances are world class. I’m happy for him and I’m sure his family will be very proud of him.”