Gareth Southgate insists Jude Bellingham is not going to Euro 2020 just for the experience.
The 17-year-old midfielder was named in the England manager’s final 26-man squad for the tournament after an impressive debut season with Borussia Dortmund.
Bellingham, who completed a £25million transfer to the Bundesliga giants from Birmingham last summer, was selected ahead of Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard and Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse.
In his press conference on Tuesday, Southgate hinted Bellingham will have a significant role to play at Euro 2020.
He said: “Jude is phenomenal.
“Just in training in the last couple of days, to have a 17-year-old, who wants to compete with senior players, not only has the technique, but the competitiveness and maturity… he’s a hugely exciting player.
“He’s going to be an important player for England. We’re not just taking him for the experience.
“The experience is going to be enormous for him and for future England managers because I don’t see anything in his character that means he won’t succeed.
“But his performance levels with Dortmund in the big Champions League games were the things that really struck us.
“He stood up in those big moments. They are the moments we’re really assessing the players on.”
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