Jude Bellingham impressed in England’s 5-0 win over San Marino; Jordan Henderson faces a race against time to be fit for Euro 2020;
There was very little that was remarkable about England’s routine win over San Marino on Thursday, but Jude Bellingham’s nerveless display was the latest chapter in the youngster’s steep ascent to international stardom, and could pave the way to him becoming a mainstay in his country’s midfield.
The next time Gareth Southgate announces an England squad will be for the delayed Euro 2020 tournament in two months’ time, and so highly is Bellingham regarded by the England boss that it would now be a surprise if he wasn’t included.
Southgate has been quick to elevate the Borussia Dortmund midfielder to the senior squad, and Bellingham has the class and temperament to handle the responsibilities placed upon him, whether that be in a double pivot or in a slightly more advanced position.
Following his 45-minute cameo during the World Cup 2022 Euro Qualifier, Keane said: “Bellingham looks like a complete midfielder. He’s still a kid playing regularly in Germany.
“At 17 he has nice composure, is happy to break forward, and it was a very good night’s work.”