Owen Hargreaves backs Jude Bellingham to START for England at Euros

Owen Hargreaves backs Borussia Dortmund starlet Jude Bellingham to START in England’s Euro 2020 campaign after the 17-year-old’s stunning season in the Bundesliga

  • Talented teen Bellingham has been in superb form for Dortmund this campaign
  • He has already played 36 times in all competitions for the Bundesliga side 
  • The former Birmingham midfielder is England’s third-youngest full international
  • And ex-Manchester City midfielder Hargreaves backed him to start at the Euros 

Former England midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes 17-year-old Jude Bellingham will start for England at the European Championships this summer. 

The Euros were due to take place last year, but were delayed due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, meaning the tournament is set to happen this summer instead.

In that time talented teen Bellingham moved from Championship side Birmingham to Dortmund and has impressed hugely in his first season at the German side, already playing 36 times in all competitions despite his tender age.

Ex-England midfielder Owen Hargreaves backed Jude Bellingham (right) to start at the Euros

Hargreaves spoke before Borussia Dortmund’s European quarter-final against Manchester City

He made his international debut last November, becoming the third-youngest England men’s full international of all time, and Hargreaves backed him to supersede all the other midfield options available to Gareth Southgate and make the starting XI.

He said before Dortmund’s Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City: ‘I think Bellingham will start for Gareth at the Euros. 

‘His all-around game is so good, he plays like a grown man. He’s already a star and he’s going to be one of the best in a short time.’

England boss Gareth Southgate has a wealth of midfield options including Jack Grealish (left)

Fellow pundit Joleon Lescott added: ‘The future is his oyster.’

Bellingham, who usually plays in central midfield, is likely therefore to be competing with the likes of Kalvin Phillips, James Ward-Prowse and Harry Winks for potentially one slot alongside Declan Rice and Jordan Henderson in the England squad. 

His side travel to Stuttgart on Saturday desperate to make up the seven-point gap to the Champions League qualifying spots, before hosting Manchester City in their Champions League quarter-final second leg at the Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday. 

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