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Jadon Sancho: Euro 2020 star to be awarded Freedom of Southwark

Camberwell-born England footballer Jadon Sancho is to be awarded the Freedom of Southwark – the highest civic award from the borough.

Southwark Council intends to bestow the honour on the footballer, subject to formal agreement.

Sancho, who played for England at the Euros and is in the process of joining Manchester United, is a ‘diamond in Southwark’s crown’, according to borough mayor councillor Barrie Hargrove.

Cllr Hargrove said: “Watching Jadon play in the Euro tournament was incredible, I felt, like many residents, that he is a diamond in Southwark’s crown and we could not be more proud of him and what he achieved for this country – the team brought everyone together and gave us hope and joy when we needed it most.

“This is why I am recommending that he be considered for Freedom of the Borough, the highest accolade we can give.”

Sancho represented Southwark at the 2011 London Youth Games team, where they won the under-11s football tournament.

The scheme, was designed to encourage young people to take up fun, competitive sports and activities for free in their local area and celebrated its 40th birthday in 2017.

He was also part of the England youth team that won the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup and made his debut for the senior team in 2018.

The 21-year-old was one of three England players to miss a penalty in the final against Italy on Sunday, and was subjected to racial abuse online in the aftermath, but also praised for his bravery in volunteering to take a spot kick.

Councillor Kieron Williams, Leader of Southwark Council, said: “Jadon is one of the best sportspeople this country has, and that he is home-grown talent from this borough should be celebrated.

“He is an incredible role model to our young people and we want him to know that he did us proud.

“Like many others, I was deeply saddened and angry to see the racism players suffered after the final match – outrage that was echoed by Southwark’s residents.

“However it was fantastic to see the outpouring of affection and solidarity with our players.

“There is no place for racism – Southwark is a place which nurtures everyone, and that is why we have such exceptional talent playing for our country.

“Jadon exemplifies our Southwark Stands Together values and deserves the highest honour we can give.”


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