After sparking England’s World Cup victory over Senegal, Jude Bellingham appears to be the complete player for former England defender Gary Neville..
In another outstanding individual performance, the teenager provided an assist and helped Gareth Southgate’s side advance to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Qatar with a 3-0 win on Sunday.
Bellingham, a midfielder for Borussia Dortmund, has emerged as a key figure for the Three Lions this tournament and appears to have cemented his place in the starting lineup.
Neville believes the 19-year-old has earned his place, and he believes he has a mastery and maturity in an England shirt that few others have..
“It’s very rare to see a midfielder who is as at ease in his own half as he is in the attacking half,” he told ITV. “He appears to be capable of doing it all.”
“Is he a holding or attacking player?” He’s everything all at once. He’s fantastic, [and] so young, but it’s his poise, maturity, and fearlessness that I find difficult to comprehend.
For many years, I watched England players play, and the weight of the shirt was enormous. He just doesn’t seem to feel it; he appears to belong out there, as if he wants and needs it in his life.”
Bellingham and England will face holders France in their quarter-final match, with the pair set to meet in the final match of the tournament on Saturday..
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