'Oozes class', 'smart in the tackle': Liverpool-linked midfielder wows for his country on Wednesday
Reported Liverpool transfer target Jude Bellingham was superb for England on Wednesday night.
The 17-year-old is on Liverpool’s radar as a potential summer target, according to Eurosport.
Bellingham has made 46 appearances for Borussia Dortmund in all competitions this season.
He has also won three caps for England, and Gareth Southgate started him against Austria at Wembley.
At 17 years and 338 days, Bellingham became the youngest player to start an England game since Wayne Rooney against Liechtenstein in 2003.
And he did really well, earning plaudits from the English media.
“Once again showed composure beyond tender years,” wrote Sky Sports.
“Strong, athletic, smart in the tackle, always looking to support attacks and a threat from set-pieces.”
The Guardian wrote: “The youngster looked unfazed on his first start, winning the ball and using it intelligently.”
Both Sky Sports and The Guardian gave Bellingham a 7/10 rating.
“First England start for the Borussia Dortmund man and had a header saved inside the first five minutes following Trippier’s corner,” wrote the former.
“Really bright bits of play at times and always looked to get forward to help. Minutes in the Euros could well come his way.”
The latter wrote: “The teenager oozes class and use the ball superbly in the middle of the park.
“With Jordan Henderson’s fitness still a question mark, Bellingham may just have played himself into the starting XI for Croatia.
“The 17-year-old also proved a surprising threat at set-pieces, getting his head on the end of a Trippier corner.”
In his press conference on Tuesday, Gareth Southgate hinted that Jude Bellingham will have a significant role to play at Euro 2020.
“Jude is phenomenal,” Southgate told talkSPORT.
“Just in training in the last couple of days, to have a 17-year-old, who wants to compete with senior players, not only has the technique, but the competitiveness and maturity… he’s a hugely exciting player.
“He’s going to be an important player for England. We’re not just taking him for the experience.
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