Jude Bellingham opens up on making England debut alongside "superstar" teammates

Jude Bellingham will stay with England’s “superstars” to carry on his learning experience.

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Bellingham, 17, who became the third youngest player to represent England, was given his England debut as a substitute against Republic of Ireland.

Bellingham was called up from the under-21s for the triple header but Gareth Southgate has been so impressed that the ex-Birmingham City trainee will be part of the squad to face Belgium and Iceland in the Nations League.

He is so down-to-earth that he cannot quite believe he is in their company with help from Dortmund team mate Jadon Sancho, 20.

Bellingham said: “I have really enjoyed being away with the lads. I think I have learned so much. I have had a great experience learning from everyone. The manager has been great and there has been a really great environment for the first few days.

“I think he is just trying to find out how it has been in Germany for me and trying to welcome me into the squad as best as he can. It has been amazing. I have learned so much.

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“International football is the pinnacle of football and to be able to do it alongside Jadon who has helped me a lot this season is very good for us both.

“All these superstars guiding me around training and stuff and helping me out has been great. It is not just the manager that I am learning from but them as well, picking up bits from their game.

“I would have loved to have my family here today but hopefully everyone enjoyed it back home and I am looking forward to the future and making many more memories.”

Bellingham has made 10 appearances for Dortmund this season, picking up one goal and two assists.

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