Jude Bellingham Emerges as Key Factor in England's Plan for Against Italy

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Jude Bellingham Emerges as Key Factor in England’s Plan for Against Italy

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Jude Bellingham had been left on the bench during the heartwrenching moment when the Azzurri shattered England’s dreams on their own turf a little over two years ago, clinching victory in a penalty shootout and prolonging the Three Lions’ quest for a major tournament triumph. Now, as Italy returns to Wembley, the site of their Euro 2020 conquest, they

face an England squad invigorated by the rise of Jude Bellingham as one of the world’s premier players. Though he had been an unused substitute during the Azzurri’s previous triumph, the 20-year-old Bellingham now finds himself at the core of Gareth Southgate’s strategies as England seeks redemption against the Italians to secure their berth in Euro 2024.

Bellingham first made a splash on the global stage with a string of impressive displays at the World Cup last year. Despite their quarter-final exit to France in Qatar, England’s abundance of talent positions them as favorites for the upcoming Euro.

Having netted 10 goals in his initial 10 matches for Real Madrid following his staggering 103 million euro ($112 million) transfer from Borussia Dortmund, the former Birmingham midfielder has drawn comparisons to Madrid legends Alfredo di Stefano and Zinedine Zidane for his explosive start in the Spanish capital.

Kieran Trippier, the England full-back familiar with the demands of playing in Madrid from his stint with Atletico, is confident that Bellingham could be the pivotal factor in securing a major championship for his country.

“Saka bounces back” – Bellingham is not the solitary weapon in England’s arsenal as they set their sights on conquering Europe in Germany next year. Despite missing the crucial penalty in the Euro 2020 final, Bukayo Saka has rebounded to spearhead Arsenal’s resurgence and cement his place at the international level.

Several other players, including Jack Grealish, Declan Rice, and Harry Kane, have secured moves exceeding 100 million euros over the last two years, highlighting the formidable nature of the English squad. With an array of talents at his disposal, Southgate’s side has made significant strides, as evidenced by their recent victory in Italy, their first since 1961.

On the other hand, Italy, following their Euro triumph, faced disappointment by failing to qualify for the subsequent World Cup and now face a crucial match against Ukraine. Luciano Spalletti’s men, under new management since August, are dealing with the challenge of maintaining their momentum amid controversies and challenges involving their English-based players.

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Reference:

https://sports.ndtv.com/football/jude-bellingham-the-difference-as-england-plot-italy-revenge-4484311

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