Fulham star delighted to have penned new deal as he prepares for crunch U19s clash against Czech Republic
RYAN SESSEGNON says speculation over his Fulham future has not affected him – and few would doubt him after he fired England into the European U19s Championship last four.
The hotshot grabbed his second and third goals of the tournament as the Young Lions thumped Germany 4-1 in Georgia on Sunday night.
Sessegnon and Nottingham Forest starlet Ben Brereton’s each scored a brace to see England finish top of the group with a 100 per cent record – and set-up a semi-final showdown with Czech Republic on Wednesday.
Sessegnon’s electric form comes on the back of him signing a new contract with Fulham after months of rumours regarding a potential move to Tottenham or Liverpool.
But the star insists his head was not turned by the Premier League interest, and he was delighted to put pen to paper before jetting off for international duty.
He said: “It wasn’t really (hard for me to focus) as I always said my focus was on Fulham. I just put my head down and played my football.
“I was just happy to get it over the line before I flew out here. I wanted to get it done so I could focus on England.”
Now with his future resolves, the 17-year-old is thriving at the Euros, despite playing a year group up.
He said: “I’m enjoying the challenge. When you play against older players it’s always a challenge physically and mentally.
“But especially playing in the Championship – coming in here that has helped me as I’m used to it.”
Sessegnon and his teammates recorded victories over Bulgaria and Holland prior to thrashing Germany.
Now they are relishing the prospect of facing the Czech’s for a spot in the final.
And the ace knows exactly what he needs to do if he gets another opportunity to net for his country in the crunch clash in two days’ time.
Sessegnon added: “We are going in confident and hopefully we can do everything we can to get to the final.
England U19s 4 Germany 1
England: 1 Aaron Ramsdale (AFC Bournemouth), 2 Dujon Sterling (Chelsea), 3 Jay Dasilva © (Chelsea), 4 Tayo Edun (Fulham), 5 Trevoh Chalobah (Chelsea), 6 Easah Suliman (Aston Villa), 7 Isaac Buckley-Ricketts (Manchester City), 8 Andre Dozzell (Ipswich Town), 9 Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) 10 Mason Mount (Chelsea), 11 Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)
Substitutes: 16 Darnell Johnson (Leicester City) for Chalobah 6, 15 Josh Dasilva (Arsenal) for Dozzell 15, 18 Reece James (Chelsea) for Buckley-Ricketts 79
Substitutes not used: 12 Lukas Nmecha (Manchester City), 13 Nathan Trott (West Ham United), 14 Marcus Edwards (Tottenham Hotspur), 17 Jacob Maddox (Chelsea)
Goals: England: Brereton 52 pen and 64, Sessegnon 81 and 84. Germany: Warschewski 76
Head coach: Keith Downing
“The other group was good one as well, but as I’ve said, if we focus on ourselves we are confident.
“In this team I’m playing with a lot of confidence because there are a lot of good players.
“The gaffer is making us express ourselves out there, so that’s good too.
“We will always create chances with this team. We need to be clinical and take our chances.”
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