Complete package’ Jude Bellingham puts concluding flourish
In this celebration of the 150th anniversary of Scotland’s first meeting with England, Bellingham’s vision and touch set up Harry Kane’s late goal, sealing a comfortable 3-1 victory.
A brave few Scotland fans – just a few mind you – put their hands together in appreciation for Bellingham’s masterclass.
There was no shame in Scotland being run ragged by Bellingham, who played a part in England’s first goal scored by Phil Foden and scored the second himself after an awful mistake by Scotland captain Andrew Robertson, who has been ripping up La Liga since his summer move to Real Madrid.
Bellingham felt the full force and fury of Hampden Park when he approached the touchline for a drink seconds before kick-off and was criticized by Scotland fans for his skills. He has the edge to go with his natural gifts, rode out that early storm and simply played on a different level to everyone else on the field. Scotland made some initial attempts to test Bellingham’s temperament and knock him out of his stride, but he has the edge to go with his natural gifts.
In addition to his elegance and power, the 20-year-old has the ability to create and score goals. There is simply no better place to live than Bellingham. Gareth Southgate has a player who will be the envy of any other country in world football on his hands.
In Wroclaw, Bellingham admitted he performed below his usual standards, but his body language and intent when in possession suggested he was laser-focused on ensuring that did not happen again.
In contrast to their dull performance in Poland, England’s performance was much more cohesive and threatening, with Manchester City’s Foden making the most of his opportunity and Kane putting Scotland to the sword.