Ryan Sessegnon has told Gareth Southgate he is ready and waiting for the chance to stake a claim for a place in England’s World Cup squad, according to The Sun.
Fulham starlet Sessegnon has emerged as a shock contender to make a late run for a spot on the plane to Russia 2018.
The 17-year-old has been one of the outstanding players in the Championship this season to help push Fulham into contention for promotion to the top flight.
And it has been revealed the teenager is the most clinical finisher in English football when it comes to converting chances he gets.
Earlier this week, Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic gave his backing to the idea Sessegnon can set the World Cup alight this summer.
And the left-sided player said “Who knows? Theo Walcott did it, Michael Owen did it so I could be ready.”
“If I did get the call, it would be a fantastic achievement. I’ll be ready if I get the call.”
“If I don’t, I’ll be cheering them on the TV hoping they do well. It is nice for the gaffer to say that about me.”
Ryan Sessegnon says manager Slavisa Jokanovic has had a “massive impact” on his career.
The 17-year-old, who initially broke into the team last season at left-back, has scored 13 goals for the Championship club so far in 2017-18.
“For someone to have faith in you at the tender age of 16 is massive,” Sessegnon told BBC Sport.
“This season he has had total confidence in me and I just want to repay him with my performances.”
After featuring 30 times in all competitions last season, scoring seven goals, he signed his first professional deal last summer to commit to Fulham until June 2020.
The highly-rated teenager has started every league game for the west London side this term and, used in a more advanced role, is the Whites’ top scorer.
Sessegnon, who has attracted interest from Manchester United and Tottenham, got recognition for his form over the course of this campaign at the London Football Awards on Thursday, winning the EFL Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards.