Joel Latibeaudiere hopes the Lion cubs keep up high standards and said: “It’s really important that this is just the start”
ENGLAND’S World Cup-winning captain Joel Latibeaudiere is dreaming of the squad sticking around for Premier League and international glory in the coming decade.
The Manchester City defender arrived back from India to a stirring welcome at Heathrow and is desperate for the squad not to become a forgotten players’ quiz question in a decade’s time.
SunSport yesterday called on England’s up-and-coming stars to follow the path of winger Jadon Sancho and swap the creature comforts of home for overseas experience, with English talent curbed by the Premier League’s buying culture.
And Latibeaudiere revealed Borussia Dortmund’s Sancho sent the team an inspiration video hours before their extraordinary 5-2 triumph over Spain in the final having missed the latter stages when recalled by the German giants.
He tipped City team-mate Phil Foden for the top but wants this young England side to grow together.
He said: “It’s really important that this is just the start of things. Nobody wants to be forgotten after doing this.
“But it’s so exciting to be a part of a team that can hopefully go on together and a few years down the line this group can achieve something.
“If there is an opportunity to go abroad and get some first team football and learn, then absolutely it’s worth it.
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“Jadon has done that and he sent us a video before the final of him in his England shirt trying to get us motivated and that gave us an extra reason to win it.”
Fogen, whose “time will come” said the captain, thinks he can make it at Premier League leaders Manchester City – but accepts others may need to leave to fulfil their ambitions.
Player of the Tournament Foden said: “It’s going to be hard to break through, don’t get me wrong.
“But I think everyone will find their level and a club. Everyone will make it eventually, but maybe not at the club that they want to.”
England manager Steve Cooper, who was washing Wrexham under-10s’ kit as an academy coach ten years ago, said: “I was speaking to Gareth Southgate most days and it was great to have that support.
“It is really important not to let the pressure build, there is still a long way to go with the national teams. The moment they take their eye off the ball is the moment their development will stop.”
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