England Under-21 boss praises ‘humble’ Sessegnon

21st November 2017, Bramall Lane, Sheffield, England; EFL Championship football, Sheffield United versus Fulham; Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham celebrates after scoring the second Fulham goal making it 2-1 to Fulham

England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd says he has been impressed by Ryan Sessegnon’s down-to-earth attitude.

Tottenham have been linked with the Fulham youngster, as have the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City.

But Boothroyd says the 17-year-old is not letting the adulation go to his head.

Speaking at a press conference, Boothroyd said:”The most impressive thing about Ryan is his humility. He’s a very humble, impressive young man.

“When you ask him about his game that’s all he’s interested in – getting better. He’s got a real growth mindset.”

Sessegnon has scored 14 goals for Fulham this season and his form led to a call-up. He could make his England Under-21 debut against Ukraine on Tuesday.

“Being around this lot is perhaps a little quicker than what he’s used to with the younger (England) age groups,” Boothroyd added.

“But he’s playing in a Championship team that’s doing really well and he is a key player for them.

“Hopefully he can grow and become a key player for us. He’s certainly been very impressive on and off the pitch.

“He’s got his feet on the ground, he doesn’t get all excited by all the stuff that goes around, he’s very level-headed.

“He knows what he is, where he wants to get to and what he wants to be.

“He’s willing to put the work in. Hopefully he can steer clear of injury and be a really talented player for us.”

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