The 21-year-old was handed his first start of Euro 2020 in Rome and was a lively and tricky presence throughout despite not getting on the scoresheet, with Harry Kane, Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson all netting in the Three Lions’ rout.
Sancho agreed a move to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund on Thursday and his display at the Stadio Olimpico capped a fine week, with Ferdinand and Lampard gushing about his performance and confident he will be a big success at United.
‘I’ll tell you one thing, next season at Manchester United he’ll have people off their seats,’ said Ferdinand on BBC Sport after the game.
‘There were moments in this game where he draws your breathe and you think, “Ooh, wow, that’s different!”
‘He’s a fabulous talent, we know that, but mentally he’s very strong and he’s got a desire to be as good as he could be and wants to fulfil that potential.
‘Players that can up the tempo of a game are different and they mean something different to your team and they can change a game the way he did tonight.
‘One-twos, playing with composure, playing off both feet, end product.
‘This is his first game by the way in the tournament and he comes in and plays the way he did today and creates moments. It shows you the talent that’s there.’
Lampard was in total agreement, saying: ‘I think there’s a natural balance and acceleration in him, and movement. This is not the norm.
‘And fortunately for England now in our squad we have a few players like this, these incredible talents in attacking areas.
‘But he completely vindicates Gareth’s decision to play him today, because of what he brought. He wanted a bit of something more direct, he wanted a right footer, he wanted someone off the side.
‘As Rio says, the maturity for a young kid to come in and show it in a game of this level says a lot about his mentality as well. We’ve got a special player coming to the Premier League.’
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