The £73million summer signing has failed to register a goal, an assist or even a shot on target in the Premier League season, with the majority of the attacking burden falling on Cristiano Ronaldo and Mason Greenwood the latter of which did not earn a spot in Southgate’s squad.
However, Sancho has retained Southgate’s faith for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary.
“Does he deserve to be in on these performances over the last few weeks? Well probably not,” Southgate said of the former Manchester City youngster.
“But I think we feel we have invested in Jadon over a period of time, we believe he can get to a high level.
“I would like some time with him to chat with him and help that process that’s going on at Manchester United as well and I think for him to feel that we have belief in him at this point is a good message.
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“So again we’re talking about there’s no perfect solution here and you could easily throw another name at me that we’ve left out in the past and say, ‘well you didn’t deal with them in the same way’.
“We try to individually do the right thing at the right time, send the right message and sometimes the right message is to leave a player out and maybe they respond and that’s the right thing but we feel with Jadon at this time it is important for us to keep him with us.
Southgate has called for patience with Sancho, who is just 21 years old and arrived at Old Trafford after scoring 49 goals and providing 60 assists over three years with Borussia Dortmund.
“I’m not surprised, really,” Southgate added about Sancho’s form. “The Bundesliga is totally different, Dortmund is a big club but Manchester United is one of the biggest in the world.
“There’s some adaptation to that, there’s a definite adaptation to the league, you’re not going to get the goals and assists numbers anywhere near in our league, that you are in the Bundesliga.
“There are some very good teams but also it’s a good league for young players to develop him because there are some teams that aren’t at that level.
“Our league, every game is intense and tough and he’s probably just starting to realize that.”