Jude Bellingham was named ‘complete midfielder’ by man United legend Roy Keane after England’s performance

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Roy Keane labels former Manchester United target Jude Bellingham a ‘complete midfielder’ and praises the ‘composure’ of the Borussia Dortmund starlet after an impressive cameo for England in the win over San Marino

  • Jude Bellingham came off the bench against San Marino for his second cap
  • Borussia Dortmund’s star is only 17, but is already a senior international
  • Roy Keane labeled the teenager a ‘complete midfielder’ after seeing his bet

Jude Bellingham’s dazzling second half against San Marino left a bewildered Roy Keane who called him a complete midfielder.

The 17-year-old was thrown into the action by Gareth Southgate as a replacement for Mason Mount at half time and wasted little time forcing himself into the middle of the park.

Bellingham’s delicate touches and confident runs helped the hosts stay on the front foot and an acrobatic effort that sailed narrowly wide would have seen the former Birmingham man become the youngest ever scorer for the international squad.

Roy Keane became lyrical about the young Jude Bellingham after his performance in San Marino

The 17-year-old came into halftime as a substitute

The 17-year-old came into halftime as a substitute

Roy Keane became lyrical about young Jude Bellingham after his performance in San Marino, calling him a ‘complete midfielder’

United rolled out the red carpet in an attempt to sign Bellingham, even after Sir Alex Ferguson met him on the training ground, but chose Dortmund to gain more playing time.

In the aftermath he raved about Keane saying: ‘Bellingham looks like a complete midfielder. He is still a child who regularly plays in Germany.

‘He will be disappointed if he misses the opportunity, but at seventeen he has a nice calm, happy to break through, very good night work.

“He’ll be disappointed at the opportunity, he’s trying to complicate it when he just has to put it aside.”

The youngster put in a remarkable acrobatic effort that would have made him England's youngest ever goalscorer had it hit the back of the net.

The youngster put in a remarkable acrobatic effort that would have made him England's youngest ever goalscorer had it hit the back of the net.

The youngster put in a remarkable acrobatic effort that would have made him England’s youngest ever goalscorer had it hit the back of the net.

Keane is known throughout football as a tough, old-fashioned consumer of the game who is rarely impressed.

Still, his thoughts quickly became united by fellow pundits Ian Wright and Eni Aluko, who, despite his youth, were enthusiastic about Bellingham’s abilities.

Wright commented, “Some players want to move it quickly and he’s got a nice composure for him, and we’re going to need it.”

In his 45 minutes on the field, Bellingham left the San Marino players chasing shadows in midfield

In his 45 minutes on the field, Bellingham left the San Marino players chasing shadows in midfield

In his 45 minutes on the field, Bellingham left the San Marino players chasing shadows in midfield

While Aluko added, ‘You wouldn’t think he’s 17. He’s very articulate, he’s just a kid, he’s showing a level of comfort by playing for Dortmund week after week instead of playing on the bench for a big club. ‘

Bellingham is hoping for his third cap for England when the Southgate side travels to Albania on Sunday to build on their early winning momentum.

A game against Poland will follow on March 31, before clashes with Austria and Romania take place in early June.

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