sport news Jadon Sancho hails 'role model' Raheem Sterling after hat-trick

'I am just so delighted I am sharing the pitch with him': Jadon Sancho hails 'role model' Raheem Sterling after England's star's Wembley hat-trick

By Mark Mann-bryans, Press Association Sport

Published: 12:12 GMT, 23 March 2019 | Updated: 12:12 GMT, 23 March 2019

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Jadon Sancho revealed it was special to play alongside 'role model' Raheem Sterling after shining on his first competitive England start.

The pair's paths crossed at Manchester City, where Sancho emerged as a promising youngster before opting for a move to the Bundesliga with .

He has flourished this season and now appears to be a permanent fixture in Gareth Southgate's England squad.

Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho (right) celebrate during England's 5-0 win on Friday night

Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho (right) celebrate during England's 5-0 win on Friday night 

The 18-year-old laid on the first of Sterling's three goals in an impressive 5-0 thrashing of the Czech Republic as the Three Lions began their Euro 2020 qualification campaign in style.

Sancho, who celebrates his 19th birthday on Monday when England face Montenegro in Podgorica, was delighted to earn a start at Wembley and even more pleased to share the pitch with someone he sees as an inspiration.

'He is a great player, as you can see on and off the pitch,' Sancho told beIN Sports when

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