Jude Bellingham: England call up Borussia Dortmund midfielder | Football News


Jude Bellingham was called up to the England squad for the first time after James Ward-Prowse and Trent Alexander-Arnold retired through injury.

The 17-year-old midfielder was originally included in the Under-21 squad but will now join the senior squad ahead of games against the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland.

Bellingham has impressed since Birmingham City’s summer move to Dortmund, in 10 appearances, scoring once.

That capped an incredible rise for Bellingham, who only completed his first full senior football campaign last season.

In his first season with Birmingham, Bellingham became a mainstay of his childhood club’s midfielder and played 44 times, scoring four goals.

Despite being without Ward-Prowse and Alexander-Arnold, England manager Gareth Southgate is hoping he can call on Marcus Rashford.

The forward is due to report to work on Thursday to allow for a more in-depth assessment of an injury sustained in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Everton on Saturday.

The majority of the team arrived at St. George’s Park on Monday with Ben Chilwell, Eric Dier, Harry Kane, Kyle Walker, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling due to report on Tuesday.

Southgate hopes he will have Marcus Rashford in his squad

England face the Republic of Ireland at Wembley on Thursday before traveling to Belgium on Sunday and hosting Iceland on Wednesday to complete group A2 of the UEFA Nations League.

Sky Sports News reported on Monday that England may have to forgo their last Nations League group game against Iceland, with UEFA expected to sanction Denmark’s game with the Icelanders on Sunday.

Currently, the UK government will not allow any of the Icelandic players in the country to play the game if they have been in Denmark – where a new strain of coronavirus has been linked to the country’s mink farms.

Elsewhere, England Under-21 coach Aidy Boothroyd has added Everton’s duo Ben Godfrey and Tom Davies to his squad, but will be without Norwich defender Max Aarons for matches against Andorra on Friday and Albania Tuesday.


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