Jude Bellingham has expressed surprise at the speed of his rise to World Cup stardom after playing a pivotal role in England’s landslide victory over Iran.
Bellingham, 19, scored his first international goal in the 6-2 win at Al Rayyan, making him the second teenager to score for England at a World Cup after the exploits of Michael Owen aged 18 in 1998.
Bellingham may have grown accustomed to breaking age-related records since eclipsing Trevor Francis to become the youngest player to feature in the Birmingham first team aged 16 in 2019.
But he admitted on social media program ‘Lions’ Den’: ‘I always dreamed I would be here, but I never thought it would be so soon.
“It’s been maybe three years since my professional debut and I’ve had the opportunity to do things that a lot of people haven’t done in their whole career, and I’m very grateful for that.
“There is an element of quality and technique, but there is also luck and confidence. Getting that trust from managers and players to feel so comfortable at that level makes me really happy.
Bellingham led England’s opener in the 35th minute of the Group B clash and although he admitted his enthusiasm for his latest memorable achievement, he has already focused on Friday’s second clash against the United United.
“It’s hard to sleep,” Bellingham added. “I was up all night trying to respond to messages and talk to people about how the game was.
“It was a great day for everyone, but there is a level of professionalism when it comes to being ready the next day and ready to go on Friday, because you don’t win the World Cup for winning. a match.
“We can take a lot of confidence from scoring six goals in any game, but especially in a World Cup. We know it means nothing to win a game, we have to back it up with a good performance against USA.