Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic believes Ryan Sessegnon is ready to play for England.
Sessegnon has been in outstanding form for the Cottagers this season with 15 goals and six assists in 46 Championship appearances.
The 17-year-old only received his first call-up for England’s U21 side in March but Jokanovic believes he should be in consideration for Gareth Southgate’s 23-man World Cup squad, which is due to be named on Wednesday.
“He has a really bright future in front of him, not only for Fulham but probably for England in the future or even immediately,” the Fulham boss said.
Sessegnon appears destined to play in the Premier League but whether or not that will be with Fulham next season remains to be seen.
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Jokanovic’s side, who finished third in the Championship, trail 1-0 heading into the second leg of their play-off semi-final against Derby County at Craven Cottage on Monday night.
Fulham fans will be hoping Sessegnon, the club’s top scorer, can help overturn the deficit but Jokanovic is wary of putting too much pressure on the teenager’s shoulders.
“Ryan needs the help from people around him and this kid doesn’t need any pressure. He’s only 17 and to talk about our possibilities on the back of one kid is not right,” Jokanovic said.
“He’s shown many times that he is a great lad, great footballer and great worker. We trust he’ll be at his best level.
“I won and lost games, sometimes I played bad or very well, and it’s not important. This kid has a really important future. He has a really clear mind.
“We know what is important. We are fighting for the Premier League and Wembley.”