Jude Bellingham dazzled pundits and fans in World Cup win over Iran, scoring first international goal as stats show his dominance in midfield for Gareth Southgate’s side

    Jude Bellingham showed why he is regarded as one of football’s top talents with a starring role in England’s 6-2 win against Iran.

    The 19-year-old broke the deadlock in the Three Lions’ group stage opener in what was his first international goal.

    England star Bellingham broke the deadlock in the 6-2 win against Iran

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    England star Bellingham broke the deadlock in the 6-2 win against Iran

    He got on the end of Luke Shaw’s whipped in delivery to loop his header over Iran’s substitute goalkeeper Hossein Hosseini.

    In doing so, he became England’s second youngest goalscorer at a World Cup – only behind Michael Owen who scored against Romania at the age of 18 in 1998.

    His dazzling display highlighted why Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid are lining up to sign the Borussia Dortmund starlet.

    Bellingham’s dominance in the middle of the pitch was highlighted in his stats, with the teenager completing 96.8 per cent of his 95 passes [92].

    He also made a total of 48 forward half passes – the most of any player on the pitch.

    That was in addition to winning seven out of his ten duals, while recording a 100 per cent tackle ratio from his three challenges.

    The ex-Birmingham man also made nine recoveries of the ball, which was the joint-most alongside Declan Rice.

    And Bellingham also had a 100 per cent dribble success by evading his opponent on both occasions.

    Speaking after the match, Bellingham expressed his delight at finally getting on the score sheet for England.

    He said: “It was a really good day for us, scoring six is really impressive regardless of who you play against.

    Bellingham put in a fantastic display as the Three Lions breezed past Carlos Queiroz’s side

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    Bellingham put in a fantastic display as the Three Lions breezed past Carlos Queiroz’s side

    “The start was tough and we had to dig it out. It’s important to learn how to create chances against these kind of sides but we’re disappointed to concede two.”

    On his goal, he stated: “To be honest, I thought it had missed! Then it took ages to loop into the goal. I said I wanted to score more goals for Dortmund and England this year and to get in the right position.

    “Brilliant ball in from Shaw and I was just there to flick it away. Really proud moment for me.”

    Former England international Dean Ashton was full of praise for the youngster, as he told talkSPORT: “Jude Bellingham, that was an astonishing performance.

    “For someone so young at this level of football.

    “I was amazed at how good he was and there were so many positives to take from that.”

    Meanwhile, Jermaine Jenas remarked: “Jude Bellingham is a throwback, he can really do it all. Bellingham is like Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard rolled into one.

    “He won the ball back so often today, England’s best quality today was their counterpress and he was at the forefront of that.”

    England face USA in their second game on Friday at 7pm, which you can listen live to on talkSPORT.

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