Two English legends sing praise of Jude Bellingham

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Jude Bellingham is now a national treasure for England.

The Real Madrid midfielder was man of the match against Scotland at Hampden Park on Tuesday, as he scored England’s second goal before setting up Harry Kane to notch the third as Gareth Southgate’s men eased home 3-1 in the 150th anniversary Heritage Match.

Former Chelsea and England star Joe Cole, was in awe of the 20-year-old midfield star.

Joe Cole said: “We’ve got a gem, we just need to put him in a system that’ll get the best out of him.

“I like it when he plays close to Harry Kane, Graeme likes it when he plays a bit deeper, with someone else in there, but I think he and Harry Kane need to build up an understanding where when Harry drops off, the space is there for him to attack the space and score goals.

“He’s got the flavour for goals now, you know, and you look at him in his interview, I think he wants to play closer to the goal. All attacking players do.

“I think it’ll be horses for courses, certain games he can play deeper, perhaps if we need to break down a certain team, but knowing Gareth, if he were to play a quarter-final match tomorrow against France, I’m pretty sure he’d go with the sixes and Jude as a 10. But it just gives you options.

“I don’t think we’ve had a player of his quality for a very very long time. He is absolute world elite, Ballon d’Or winner possibility.”

Graeme Souness also said: “This is the first time I’ve seen Jude Bellingham live. When I was in the centre circle before the match, and I’m looking at him. When I was playing, he’d have been a big midfield player. I’d be a small midfielder player today.

“He’s got everything, that young boy. Absolutely everything. And, at 20 years old, how good can he be? He has that steady head on his shoulders and was outstanding tonight.”