JUDE BELLINGHAM has been promised he’ll get pleasure from a ‘sensible’ expertise on his shock England debut tonight.
The 17-year-old from Dortmund will begin on the bench however has been assured to earn a dream run-out in opposition to the Irish to change into the nation’s third youngest participant behind Theo Walcott and Wayne Rooney.
Gareth Southgate has ‘promised’ Jude Bellingham a ‘sensible’ expertise on his England debutCredit score: Rex Options
Supervisor Gareth Southgate stated: “My preliminary dialog with him was that ‘you’ll have a couple of days with us, we’ll contain you within the sport, we’ll see the way it goes’.
“And that is going to be an excellent expertise for him.”
Southgate additionally reacted to criticism that he had picked Bellingham forward of Ross Barkley and James Maddison, declaring they’re fully several types of midfielders.
Bellingham gamers in a extra central-defensive position.
Southgate added: “It’s at all times attention-grabbing to see the response after we choose a participant, as a result of individuals are instantly speaking about different gamers with out understanding why we’ve referred to as Jude up.
“We may flippantly say, ‘Effectively, he’s taking part in for a large membership and he’s taking part in Champions League soccer’, however there’s really a bit extra to it than that.
“Positionally, he’s taking part in in a two-man midfield at Dortmund, whether or not that’s a 4-2-3-1 or a 3-4-3. So, he’s within the precise place that we misplaced a participant in James Ward-Prowse.
“However the larger image right here is that, at instances, we choose older gamers to return in to problem immediately for competitors for locations.
“On this occasion, we’re giving a younger participant a chance to work with us, to spend a while with us, make investments a while with him, he’ll have an excellent expertise for a couple of days.
“It’s not a choice that he’s a greater participant than one or two older gamers who I’ve seen talked about, though these gamers don’t play within the place that he performs. And that’s a truth.”