England U17 star Jadon Sancho's participation in World Cup restricted to group stages

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The Borussia Dortmund starlet's participation in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in India has been limited to the group stages by the club

England prodigy Jadon Sacho’s participation in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in India could be cut short after parent club Borussia Dortmund refused to release the youngster beyond the group stages.

Dortmund feel that the starlet has some catching up to do with his fitness after a late move in the transfer window which has led them to only releasing him for the group stages for Steve Cooper’s young Lions.

The 17-year-old, coveted by major European clubs over the summer, made a transfer deadline-day move to Dortmund after running down his contract with Manchester City.

The English Football Association (FA) and the German club have been locked in negotiations in the past few days over the availability of the teenager for the showpiece event in India.

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc told Kicker magazine, "We are in talks with the English FA."

"Maybe we will let him go in the coming weeks over the international break -- that would be for the World Cup group phase," he added.

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The London-born Sancho has only just become eligible to play in the Bundesliga after his registration was processed and had been involved with the youth and reserve teams ever since making his move.

He was voted as the Player of the Tournament in the Euro Under-17 Championships in Croatia earlier this summer where his England side were beaten by Spain in the finals.

Sancho has made 16 appearances so far for the young Lions and has scored an impressive 13 goals. The highly rated teenager featured on the bench for Peter Bosz’s side for the first time on the weekend for their 2-1 win over Augsburg FC.

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