Speaking after England’s 3-0 win against Senegal in the Round of 16, England captain Harry Kane praised the performance of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham (19).
“I think he’s a fantastic player,” said Kane. “He has everything with and without the ball, presses really well, gets around the pitch, tackles. With the ball he can run, he can take players on, he can play a through-ball and as you saw today he was really important with our goal.
“I like Jude a lot, he’s a really good person, he’s mature for his age and he’s got great leadership skills as well.”
Bellingham assisted Jordan Henderson for England’s opening goal against Senegal before playing a significant role in Kane’s goal, England’s second of the night. Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions secured a quarter-final place against France when Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka added a third shortly after the break.
The Borussia Dortmund midfielder opened the scoring for England against Iran in their World Cup opener, his first goal for his country. At such a young age, Bellingham already has several accolades and is England’s only non-Premier League player in their squad.
Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund will enter contract negotiations with Bellingham after the World Cup. Although a contract until 2025, Europe’s biggest clubs are already chasing his signature.
Bellingham has played 112 games for BVB since joining in 2020.
GGFN | Daniel Pinder