Jude Bellingham’s ‘astonishing’ performance against Iran left ex-England man ‘amazed’ as teenager defies age in World Cup opener

    Jude Bellingham has left ex-England striker Dean Ashton amazed by his performance in the Three Lions’ opening World Cup tie.

    The 19-year-old earned a start in his country’s game against Iran and quickly proved exactly why he deserves to be there, opening the scoring with a perfect header in the 35th minute.

    Bellingham netted England’s opener against Iran, becoming the country’s second youngest ever goalscorer at a World Cup

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    Bellingham netted England’s opener against Iran, becoming the country’s second youngest ever goalscorer at a World Cup

    But Bellingham’s performance was defined by much more than his first ever England and World Cup goal, though, as he helped his country battle to regain possession, as well as break down a number of Iran’s attacks.

    It’s hard to believe that just over two years ago the teenager was playing in his breakthrough season for Championship outfit Birmingham City.

    And former England striker Ashton is amongst those who is spellbound by Bellingham’s prowess.

    Weighing up who should be man of the match after England’s 6-2 win on talkSPORT, Ashton said: “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.”

    Ashton added: “He’s unreal. He was unreal.

    Ashton thinks Bellingham played way beyond his years in England’s opening game

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    Ashton thinks Bellingham played way beyond his years in England’s opening game

    “In terms of wanting to get on the ball, having the quality, always looking like he had time on the ball. When he didn’t he’s orchestrating things.

    “I could see him putting his arm up, telling people to go out or come short.

    “He’s such a young kid to be doing that in a game of that magnitude, around the players that he’s around, he was incredible to watch.”

    Bellingham is only 19 and has already represented his country in a major tournament twice

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    Bellingham is only 19 and has already represented his country in a major tournament twice

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