“I can play anywhere on the pitch and I know that if I work hard there will be chances,” Bellingham said, admitting the possibility of trading the championship for the Champions League was extremely exciting. “This music and this atmosphere – you can feel it just by watching TV,” he said. “To have the chance to play there would be a dream. ”
He found Wednesday’s farewell very moving, even in the absence of a crowd. He was substituted in the second half suffering from cramps after which Derby scored twice to win 3-1. There were tears in his eyes as he left the field and again after the final whistle, when he returned to a deserted playground with his parents and younger brother, Jobe – who is also in the books at St Andrew’s – for a few moments of reflection, still wearing the number 22 jersey that the club will now retire.