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Rio Ferdinand amazed by Liverpool target Jude Bellingham in England win
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Rio Ferdinand amazed by Liverpool target Jude Bellingham in England win

Rio Ferdinand has told his YouTube channel that his mind has been blown by the performance of reported Liverpool target Jude Bellingham in England’s World Cup opener, and claimed that his value could rise by up to £50 million.

Bellingham was unquestionably the star of the show on Monday. The Three Lions opened their account with an emphatic 6-2 victory over Iran which has probably seen Gareth Southgate’s men put one foot in the knockout stages.

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It was Bellingham who got England off and running. The 19-year-old produced a brilliant header to open the scoring during the early stages.

Ferdinand praises Jude Bellingham

And he was absolutely outstanding over the rest of the game. He looked to be on a completely different level to the large majority of the remaining players on the pitch.

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Of course, many of Europe’s biggest clubs will have had their eye on Bellingham. Liverpool are amongst those who reportedly want the teenager, with 90min recently reporting that the Reds scouted him in action for Borussia Dortmund.

It appears that Ferdinand has run out of superlatives for Bellingham. But he did suggest that his admirers are now going to have to be prepared to pay a lot more for the midfielder.

“My mind’s blown,” he told his YouTube channel. “I can’t speak properly when I talk about him because a lot of the time we see the football player, and we go: ‘what a player’. You’re not sure what’s going to happen off the pitch because they’re young and there can be mistakes. There is the element of being naive to certain situations. This kid could be captain in the way he carries himself and presents himself now.

“If I was head of recruitment anywhere, I’d have been trying to sign him before this World Cup. Just do a deal. Because it’s going to go up by 30, 40, 50 if he carries on doing this. It’s crazy.”

Bellingham’s challenge now is to maintain the levels set in the opening game. It is not going to be easy given how good England and Bellingham were on Monday.

No team tends to fly through a World Cup without struggling over a couple of hurdles. England’s task is to prove that they can find those gears again when the knockout stages start.

With players such as Bellingham in the side, they will surely have little problem getting there. And it may be that a few more people are tipping England to now go all the way.

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