Former LFE apprentice and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham scored his first goal in an England shirt yesterday, as the Three Lions were triumphant in their opening match of the 2022 Qatar World Cup, beating Iran 6-2 at the Khalifa International Stadium.
The ex Birmingham City apprentice opened the scoring for his nation in the 35th minute, latching onto the end of a pinpoint Luke Shaw delivery to guide home a fine header into the top corner.
Bellingham’s goal made him the first player born after the year 2000 to score at a World Cup.
“It’s a really proud moment,” he said. “I thought I had missed, as it took ages to loop into the goal but it was a brilliant ball from Shaw and I just had to flick it away.
“I’ve wanted to score more goals for Dortmund and England last year and to get in the right position but it’s a really good day for us. Six goals in a World Cup game is really impressive, regardless of who you play against.”