The year Jadon Sancho Man City were promoted to Premier League and Nokia 3310 was best selling phone


Jadon Sancho became the first player born in the 21st century to earn an England call-up after catching the eye of Gareth Southgate this season.

The 18-year-old has been fast-tracked into England’s first-team after creating more goals than any other player in Europe’s five major leagues this season (5).

Here, Sportsmail take a look back at all the things going on in the world when Sancho was first born – just to make you feel old.

When Sancho was born on March 25, 2000, Bill Clinton was approaching the last knockings of his second term as US President.

Clinton was re-elected, receiving 49.2 percent of the popular vote over Republican Bob Dole in 1997 and remained in office until 2001.

Just four weeks before Sancho was born, Alan Shearer announced his retirement from international football ahead of Euro 2000.

Shearer’s shock decision to retire came after he helped Newcastle to a 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

The striker decided to bow out from international football after holding talks with Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan. 

In March, 2000 Toy Story 2 and Geri Halliwell were sitting pretty at the top of the UK film and music charts.

Toy Story 2 entered No 1 in the Box Office charts on February 13 and remained there for seven weeks before being replaced by Lake Placid – the film made over £24m in the time it spent at the top of the charts.

Meanwhile in the music world, it was Halliwell who was top of the charts on the same day Sancho was born with her hit-single ‘Bag It Up’. All Saints, Madonna and Chicane with Bryan Adams also topped the charts earlier in the month.

Manchester City may be the kings of the Premier League now, but 18 years ago they were only just preparing for life in the top-flight.

Paul Dickov and Shaun Goater fired City to second spot in the First Divison behind Charlton which saw them promoted automatically. 

There time in the Premier League was short lived, though, with City going down the following season. How things have changed since!

Kevin Keegan was the England boss in 2000 led the team into the Euro 2000 tournament in Holland and Belgium.

England lost their opening game in Group A 3-2 against Portugal, but managed to beat Germany in the second thanks to Alan Shearer’s strike.

However, Romania scored a late penalty to beat Keegan’s side 3-2 and sent them home packing at the first hurdle. 

Keegan resigned in October that year and was replaced on a temporary basis by Peter Taylor before Sven-Goran Eriksson took charge in 2001.

He may be retired now, but Rosicky was just bursting on to the European stage when Sancho was born in March, 2000.

The midfielder was making waves around Europe as a young 21-year-old at Sparta Prague. 

Borussia Dortmund came calling and agreed a £8million deal to sign him in January 2001.  

Pete Sampras defeated a spirited Pat Rafter to win the men’s Wimbledon tournament in the year 2000.

It was the American’s second title that year, and his 63rd overall. It was also his 13th career Grand Slam title (a record until Roger Federer surpassed him in 2009), and his 7th (and last) Wimbledon title (a record, tied with William Renshaw, and subsequently surpassed by Federer in 2017).

Venus Williams beat fellow American Lindsay Davenport in the women’s event to claim her first ever Grand Slam title. 

Brace yourselves, this might be the most nostalgic one of them all. The Nokia 3310 was the best selling phone when Sancho was born.

You know, the grey one you could play snakes on. Forget Iphones, back then that was all you needed. It was one of the most successful phones ever, selling 126million units.

In today’s world you can purchase one of these babies for just £9.99, back then you would have needed to fork out around £44.99.


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