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    THE plan was for Jude Bellingham to play for the Under-21s in Slovenia — and they could certainly have done with him against the Swiss yesterday. Instead, the 17-year-old from Birmingham became the country’s youngest-ever player to feature in a World Cup qualifier. 3Jude Bellingham may have cemented his spot at Euro 2020 with a commanding display vs San MarinoCredit: Alamy 3Bellingham, 17, is arguably England's most gifted playerCredit: AFP This unbelievably gifted midfielder, a half-time substitute for Mason Mount, will continue to keep the stats men busy over the years and maybe even at Euro 2020, a tournament he is now certain to feature in. Until last month, Gareth Southgate had decided to send Borussia Dortmund’s £30million capture from Birmingham to the Under-21 Euros with Aidy Boothroyd. Only some dynamite performances in the Champions League persuaded Southgate that, already, he is good enough. Bellingham, who picked up his first cap against Ireland, certainly proved this at Wembley and he will soon be a regular in this team. Although up against terrible opponents, Bellingham showed unbelievable quality and confidence. His...
    JUDE BELLINGHAM will be allowed to link up with the England senior team this week. The FA have been told that the Dortmund teenager Bellingham will, after all, be given a sporting exemption by the German Government for the three World Cup qualifiers. 3Jude Bellingham is available for England's World Cup qualifiers this monthCredit: Getty This means the midfielder will not have to quarantine when returning to Germany from the UK. Bellingham, 17, who has just one cap, was included in the squad despite the strict German rules because the FA were confident there would be a change. Robert Lewandowski will also be allowed to play for Poland against England at Wembley on March 31. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called German Chancellor Angela Merkel to ask that Bayern Munich forward Lewandowski could be exempt from quarantine rules when re-entering Germany from London. Bayern and Dortmund did not want their players heading to England because of those strict German Covid protocols. England face San Marino on Thursday and travel to Albania three days later before taking on the Poles. FREE...
    JUDE BELLINGHAM has received support from the Football Association after the England teen star was subjected to racial online abuse. Bellingham, 17, shared a screenshot of a vile Instagram message following Borussia Dortmund’s 2-2 draw against Cologne in the Bundesliga on Saturday. 2Jude Bellingham became the latest young star to receive disgusting racist abuseCredit: Getty Images - Getty 2Bellingham revealed the extent of the disgusting abuse in his Instagram comments The Three Lions starlet posted: “Just another day on social media...” in reply to the abusive message towards his mother which led to a racist post including monkey emojis. England tweeted: "We continue to be disgusted by the discriminatory abuse our players - and others across the game - are being subjected to online. Something needs to change. We stand with you, @BellinghamJude” Bellingham was included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup qualifying triple-header against San Marino, Albania and Poland. But the Covid-19 regulations in Germany are expected to prevent the Dortmund midfielder from linking up with the Three Lions. Dortmund, who signed Bellingham from Birmingham in July...
    DORTMUND last night warned the FA they will block Jude Bellingham from linking up with the England team. Midfielder Bellingham, 17, was set to be selected in Gareth Southgate's senior squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, Albania and Poland. 3Jude Bellingham is still waiting to discover whether he can link-up with EnglandCredit: Getty 3Gareth Southgate desperately wants the 17-year-old Dortmund star in his squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiersCredit: PA The England camp were on Monday assured by officials at Dortmund that they would be okay to pick Bellingham. They believed he would not have to quarantine for 14 days when returning to Germany after the three matches. But after speaking to their local health officials, Dortmund have altered their stance. And they insisted they would not allow Bellingham to join up with the England squad or Gio Reyna with the United States. However, Southgate could still select Bellingham in the squad. The FA believe the situation is fluid and could change in their favour. In Germany, there is not an overall countrywide ruling over...
    JUDE BELLINGHAM is set for an England call despite strict German travel restrictions. Gareth Southgate names his squad on Thursday for the World Cup qualifiers at the end of this month. 2England hope to call-up Jude Bellingham despite potential quarantine problemsCredit: Getty 2Gareth Southgate will name his squad for the World Cup qualifiers on ThursdayCredit: Rex At this stage, the FA are confident Bellingham will be able to feature and return without undergoing a 14-day quarantine. Bellingham, 17, has 22 starts for Dortmund since his £30million move from Birmingham last summer. He made his senior Three Lions debut in November’s 3-0 friendly win over Ireland. And he is still wanted in Southgate’s set-up. All UK arrivals in Germany face a two-week quarantine but the FA believe Dortmund players will be let off by their local health authority if they are tested regularly. Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho looks set to miss out due to an injury. Under-21s boss Aidy Boothroyd, who named his squad yesterday, explained Bellingham’s omission. He said: “There are no problems at all with Jude. CHELTENHAM SPECIAL OFFER...
    ARSENAL could have signed Jadon Sancho, Jude Bellingham and Christian Pulisic, a former club scout has revealed. Steve Morrow headed the Gunners' youth recruitment for almost a decade, during which a number of near misses passed by the club. 4Jude Bellingham and Jadon Sancho ultimately ended up at Borussia DortmundCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4Chelsea star Christian Pulisic was rejected by Arsenal before also heading to DortmundCredit: PA Among them was Borussia Dortmund star Sancho, who interested Arsenal before he signed for Manchester City in 2015 and again two years later. Morrow, 50, told Goal: "Every top club will say there were near misses. "Jadon Sancho was certainly one of those. "We missed out on him once when he moved from Watford and went up to Manchester City, and then again when he reached that age at City when young players have a choice to make. "Jadon felt that his future was away from Manchester and we were very, very close to signing him, but the family felt at the time that the best opportunity for him was at...
    ENGLAND will benefit from Jude Bellingham swapping Birmingham for Borussia Dortmund, Jens Lehmann reckons. The former Germany and Arsenal goalkeeper thinks 17-year-old Bellingham will develop on the field and off it in Bundesliga. 3Jude Bellingham is lighting it up in the Bundesliga this yearCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Jens Lehmann thinks England will benefit from Jude Bellingham being in the BundesligaCredit: Getty Images - Getty Bellingham moved to Dortmund in the summer for an initial £25million fee after turning down a move to Manchester United. He followed in the footsteps of the likes of Jadon Sancho and Rabbi Matondo to swap England for Germany at a young age. Bellingham has played 31 times in all competitions for Dortmund this season and made his England debut last November against Ireland. He became the third youngest Three Lions player ever, and ex-Gunners stopper Lehmann thinks the Bundesliga has played a big part in his rise. Lehmann, 51, told talkSPORT: “I don’t feel that because when you come from Birmingham, a team out of the Premier League, then you expect something of him....
    JUDE BELLINGHAM is a star in the making on the pitch - but he has lofty ambitions to make a name for himself off it. The 17-year-old Borussia Dortmund sensation is already playing beyond his years after landing a blockbuster £25million transfer to Germany from Birmingham City in the summer. 10Jude Bellingham has helped to build a school in Kenya - it was finished and reopened to children in January 10Jude Bellingham pictured with Rita Fowler, right, and her husband Geoff His sky-high potential was rewarded with his first England cap in November, when he became the Three Lions' third-youngest player ever after his debut against the Republic of Ireland. Despite his meteoric rise to fame, Bellingham is ensuring he is staying grounded and recently made a sizeable donation to help finish the building of a brand new school in Kenya. Bellingham is an ambassador of the Mustard Seed Project - a charity that provides education for the children of poor families in the Mombasa slums. Founded by husband and wife Geoff and Rita Fowler, they have transformed education in...
    UEFA have revealed their 'breakthrough' team of 2020 including just ONE Premier League star. Europe's governing body have picked out their best XI of players who enjoyed a breakout year in the Champions League in 2020. 7Uefa's breakthrough Champions League XI of 2020 Only players who made their debut in Europe's elite competition or who had 'only limited prior experience' last year are eligible and stars must be aged 24 or under. Some big names such as Alphonso Davies and Jude Bellingham make the cut in the star-studded XI. But which Premier League icon is in the team? Find out below... GOALKEEPER Anatolii Trubin, 19 (Shakhtar Donetsk) THE young stopper started five of his side's six Champions League group stage games this season. Trubin kept three clean sheets in those games, including the two goalless draws with Inter Milan and the 2-0 win over Real Madrid. However, he was between the sticks for the 6-0 mauling at home to Borussia Monchengladbach. DEFENDERS 7Jules Kounde was named in Uefa's breakthrough XICredit: The Mega Agency 7Alphonso Davies enjoyed a phenomenal 2020 with...
    CHELSEA are reportedly considering bidding for Jude Bellingham if they fail to sign Declan Rice. The Blues have been heavily linked with West Ham ace Rice but with the Hammers standing firm on their £80million valuation the West Londoners could move for Borussia Dortmund teen Bellingham, 17, instead. 2Chelsea are considering signing Jude Belligham if they fail to land Declan Rice from West HamCredit: Getty - Pool Rice is the first name on David Moyes' West Ham team-sheet and appears happy in East London having been made skipper with club-captain Mark Noble out the team. The midfield ace, 21, is also a first-choice starter for Gareth Southgate's England side. And with reports of a bumper new 'double-your-money' London Stadium contract in the offing, it will not be easy to prise Rice away from the Hammers. ⚽ Read our Chelsea live blog for the very latest news from the Bridge Frank Lampard is a big fan of Rice - who played for the Blues' academy until he was released aged 14. But with N'Golo Kante still on the books in...
    CONOR GALLAGHER says Jude Bellingham’s promotion to the seniors gives all English youngsters hope. Bellingham, 17, became the third youngest player to make their Three Lions debut when coming on in the 3-0 win over Ireland. 2Bellingham moved to Dortmund for a deal worth £30million in the summerCredit: Rex Features That was after the Dortmund starlet had been promoted from the Under-21s squad following an injury to James Ward-Prowse. It was the latest example of Gareth Southgate dipping into the Aidy Boothroyd’s squad for a player, following the likes of Reece James, Bukayo Saka and many more in his tenure. Gallagher, who played in the Young Lions’ 3-1 win over Andorra on Friday, said: “It gives every young England player hope.  “I think there have been 22 players in the last four years who have gone up to the seniors from the 21s which is obviously a very high number.  “Having boys like Jude to go up to the seniors is great to see.” Gallagher gave away what he felt was a “harsh” penalty just before half-time at Molineux, allowing...
    JUDE BELLINGHAM will stay with England’s senior squad for the next two games. The Borussia Dortmund superkid became the third youngest Three Lions debutant in Thursday’s 3-0 win over Ireland. 1Jude Bellingham made his England debut in the 3-0 win over IrelandCredit: PA:Press Association Boss Gareth Southgate wants Bellingham, 17, in his squad for tomorrow’s Nations League clash in Belgium and Wednesday’s home game with Iceland. This is despite the fact the teenager is unlikely to get any game time. Bellingham, who joined Dortmund from Birmingham for £30million, said: “I’ve really enjoyed being away with the lads. I think I have learned so much. “The manager has been great. All these superstars guiding me has been great. “I’d have loved to have my family here but hopefully everyone enjoyed it back home. “Now I look forward to making more memories.” Meanwhile, Jordan Pickford will return in goal for England tomorrow — winning his 29th cap against Belgium. The Everton man has been publicly criticised by Three Lions keeper coach Martyn Margetson. Most read in FootballExclusiveBRI-HIND ON BILLS Teen Mom Briana...
    Jude Bellingham. Getty/Mike Egerton Jude Bellingham became England's third youngest ever player when he stepped out against Ireland on Thursday night aged just 17 years and 137 days.  After the match, England coach Gareth Southgate revealed he had to ensure the youngster had finished his schoolwork before he could play. "It is a requirement for a young player of that age to do a certain amount of education every day," said Southgate. "So we have been helping him to fulfill that." Bellingham, who plays for Borussia Dortmund, later tweeted to say making his debut was an "amazing feeling." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. An English soccer player who made his debut for the national team is so young his manager had to make sure he had finished his homework before he played. Jude Bellingham became England's third youngest ever player when he stepped out as a second-half substitute against Ireland on Thursday night aged just 17 years and 137 days.  Before he entered the field at Wembley, ITV pundit Sam Matterface told viewers that England boss Gareth...
    JUDE BELLINGHAM has been promised he will enjoy a ‘brilliant’ experience on his shock England debut tonight. The 17-year-old from Dortmund will start on the bench but has been guaranteed to earn a dream run-out against the Irish to become the country’s third youngest player behind Theo Walcott and Wayne Rooney. 1Gareth Southgate has ‘promised’ Jude Bellingham a ‘brilliant’ experience on his England debutCredit: Rex Features Bellingham, who joined Dortmund from Birmingham for £30m in the summer, was given a late call-up after an injury to James Ward-Prowse. Manager Gareth Southgate said: “My initial conversation with him was that ‘you will have a few days with us, we'll involve you in the game, we'll see how it goes’.  “And that's going to be a brilliant experience for him." Southgate also reacted to criticism that he had picked Bellingham ahead of Ross Barkley and James Maddison, pointing out they are completely different types of midfielders. Bellingham players in a more central-defensive role. Southgate added: “It’s always interesting to see the reaction when we select a player, because people are immediately talking...
    JAMAL MUSIALA was not expected to be this good this fast. When Bayern Munich poached the then 16-year-old from Chelsea last summer, they saw a raw kid that could continue his development in Miroslav Klose’s Under-17s side. ⚠️ Read our Chelsea live blog for the very latest news from the Bridge 3Former Chelsea starlet Jamal Musiala is the latest English kid to burst onto the scene in GermanyCredit: Getty Images - Getty Fast forward 17 months and the winger is now both the German giants’ youngest player and scorer in their Bundesliga history. His record for the youngest player of 17 years and 115 days beat previous holder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg by a whopping 136 days. Musiala has also received his first England Under-21 call-up and could make his debut against Andorra on Friday at Molineux. Promoting Musiala up the ranks may be a smart move on Aidy Boothroyd’s part. The Three Lions know they have a battle on their hands to prevent the Stuttgart-born starlet from defecting back to Germany, for whom he represented at Under-16 level. Bayern boss Hansi...
    Fact check on typo that let to false post about Michigan votes Restaurants struggling to survive the pandemic have a bombshell reason to celebrate with Pfizer vaccine news Borussia Dortmunds Jude Bellingham gets first England senior call Borussia Dortmund's Jude Bellingham has been called up to the senior England squad for the first time after Southampton's James Ward-Prowse and Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold pulled out injured. © Provided by CBS Sports Bellingham, 17, has been promoted from the English under-21 squad after a promising start to life in the Bundesliga since his summer move from formative club Birmingham City. Congratulations to @BellinghamJude, who has been called up to the #ThreeLions for the first time! ???? pic.twitter.com/bWpDevg4ae— England (@England) November 10, 2020The midfielder has made 11 appearances for the German outfit so far this season and could feature for England against the Republic of Ireland, Belgium or Iceland during the international break. Should Bellingham make an appearance, he will become the third youngest England debutant, behind only Theo Walcott and Wayne Rooney. Birmingham City will retire the number 22 shirt...
    HIS rise has been as fast as one of his galloping runs from midfield. Borussia Dortmund sensation Jude Bellingham, 17, has been called up to the England squad by Gareth Southgate for the first time, after injuries to Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Ward-Prowse. 11Jude Bellingham has been a revelation at Borussia Dortmund since signing in the summerCredit: Getty Images - Getty 11Bellingham has come a long way since his days in Birmingham's youth teamsCredit: Twitter @bellinghamjude That completes a remarkable year for the 6ft 1in star, who has excelled in the Bundesliga following his £30million move from Birmingham City. The extraordinary talent was linked with a move to Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona, but opted to join another Three Lions starlet Jadon Sancho, who has also been allowed to develop at Dortmund. Here's his story. RECORD BREAKER Bellingham made his Birmingham City debut last season aged 16 years and 38 days in the Carabao Cup against  Portsmouth, becoming the Blues’ youngest player. His impressive technique, as well as comparisons to Dele Alli, saw the wonderkid linked with a move to...
    TONY ADAMS claims Arsenal blew the chance to sign Jude Bellingham because sporting director Edu didn’t have a clue who he was. Gunners legend Adams claims the North London club had done a deal to take the teenager from Birmingham before the likes of Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund entered the scene. ⚠️ Read our Arsenal live blog for the latest news from The Emirates 3Jude Bellingham has earned a maiden call-up to the England squadCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Tony Adams believes the youngster was a missed opportunity for old club ArsenalCredit: PA:Empics Sport But he says the ousting of recruitment chief Sven Mislintat, as part of the power shift at the Emirates to bring in former player Edu, cost them one of Europe’s brightest young talents. Bellingham has today been called up to the England senior squad as another sign how much potential the 17-year-old Dortmund midfielder has. Adams said: “I think it got lost, this one, in the transition of the chief scout at Arsenal going out. “He was spotted very early on, not by me, by the...
    JUDE BELLINGHAM has been called up to the England senior squad for the first time aged 17 after injuries to Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Ward-Prowse. The Borussia Dortmund youngster was initially named in the Under-21s but has been selected by Gareth Southgate after Liverpool's Alexander-Arnold and Southampton skipper Ward-Prowse withdrew. 2Jude Bellingham has received his first senior England call-upCredit: Getty Images - Getty 2Trent Alexander-Arnold is out for England with a calf injury Credit: Rex Features Right-back Alexander-Arnold is out for up to four weeks after picking up a calf injury in the Reds' 1-1 draw with Manchester City on Sunday. Marcus Rashford will not join up with the Three Lions until Thursday as Manchester United are given more time to assess the shoulder injury he sustained in the 3-1 win over Everton on Saturday. The majority of the squad had arrived on Monday. Manchester City and Liverpool stars plus Chelsea's Ben Chilwell are due to report for international duty today. MORE TO FOLLOW. Most read in Football'NEED TWEEZERS'TV star reveals Portuguese ace had 'micropenis' that was like...
    JUDE BELLINGHAM has revealed he never considered joining Manchester United in the summer - as he was so focused on Borussia Dortmund. The former Birmingham star, 17, was subject to a massive tug-of-war between United and Dortmund. 3Jude Bellingham says he never intended to join Man Utd as he had his heart set on DortmundCredit: Reuters Bellingham and his parents were even invited to Man Utd's Carrington training ground to be given the VIP tour treatment. Sir Alex Ferguson, Eric Cantona and current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer all tried to convince him to head to Old Trafford, too. But Bellingham has revealed it was never really a contest - as he had his heart set on the German giants and following in Jadon Sancho's footsteps. Since heading to Dortmund, the midfielder has become the youngest Englishman to start a Champions League game and the youngest player to start for England's Under-21s. MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest United news Bellingham told The Telegraph: “Well, you know, Man Utd have a great squad. "But my decision had nothing...
    MANCHESTER UNITED target Jadon Sancho has become a mentor to fellow Brit Jude Bellingham and Borussia Dortmund's other youngsters. England international Sancho, 20, is using his experience to help out the German club's latest crop of starlets. 2Jude Bellingham and Jadon Sancho in training with Borussia DortmundCredit: Getty Images - Getty Sancho boldly quit the Manchester City academy to join the Bundesliga outfit in 2017 - the same year he won the Under-17 World Cup with the Three Lions. And Bellingham followed in the footsteps of his compatriot by leaving Birmingham for Dortmund for £25million earlier this year - becoming the most expensive 17-year-old ever. Bellingham told Kicker: "Jadon Sancho is really very important to me. "He puts his arm around me and the other young players, encourages us, gives us confidence. "He is a great role model for English players my age. "To get praise and encouragement from him means a lot to me." Sancho was at the centre of a long-running transfer saga over the summer as the Red Devils made no secret of their desire...
    JUDE BELLINGHAM has become the youngest ever Englishman to play in the Champions League after appearing for Borussia Dortmund last night. Bellingham, 17, made history when he starred in his side's loss to Lazio in the Champions League tie. 8Bellingham has become the youngest ever Englishman to feature in the Champions LeagueCredit: Getty Images - Getty 8The youngest English players to appear in the Champions League The record was previously held by Manchester City's Phil Foden, who made his appearance in 2017 against Shakhtar Donetsk. He was 17 and 192 days at the time while Bellingham pipped him at 17 and 113 days. Bellingham signed for Dortmund in the summer from Birmingham City for £25million. He snubbed the advances of both Manchester United and Bayern Munich to join the club and stated their history of youth development as the reason. Upon joining he said: "BVB's path, but especially how they help young players to improve, made the decision very easy for me personally and for my whole family." His departure from Birmingham was marred with controversy as he was abused...
    JUDE BELLINGHAM will handle sky-rocketing expectations about his blossoming talent — just like Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden. Bellingham only turned 17 in June but has been fast-tracked to the England Under-21s following his stunning season with Birmingham and subsequent move to Borussia Dortmund. 3Jude Bellingham is in line for his England U21s debut this weekCredit: Rex Features 3The midfielder could follow in the footsteps of Phil Foden (centre) and Mason Greenwood (right)Credit: Rex Features Many will be wondering just how long it will be until the midfielder is promoted to Three Lions senior squad — as Foden, 20, and Greenwood, 18, have this month. No matter how long the wait, Young Lions boss Aidy Boothroyd is sure Bellingham will not let his meteoric rise go to his head. Asked if there is a danger in building the whizkid up, Boothroyd said: “I don’t think he’ll worry about that. “I think he’s very level-headed, as Phil and Mason are. That’s why they are where they are. “They know what they’ve got to do to be better, they’re very grateful for...
    ENGLISH duo Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham both got on the scoresheet as Borussia Dortmund romped past Austria Wien 11-2. The pair were both drawn from the bench at half time by boss Lucien Favre, as the Frenchman sought to give as many of his players decent minutes as possible as they step up their pre-season preparations. 3Jadon Sancho got down to business after being brought on at half timeCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3Jude Bellingham netted for the first time in Dortmund coloursCredit: Getty Images - Getty And both smashed shots past the hapless opposition goalkeeper, as Austria Wien fell apart. Favre will be especially pleased with the exercise, given that ten different players managed to get themselves on the scoresheet. Bellingham's fellow 17-year-old prodigy Gio Reyna, also born in England, got his side off to a flyer with just nine minutes played when he slid Dortmund into an early lead. And Reyna made it 2-0 shortly after, when he converted following Manuel Akanji's smart backheel. Austria Wien briefly threatened to make a game of it, when Christoph Monschein...
    JUDE BELLINGHAM had his team-mates in stitches as he delivered his Dortmund initiation song. The 17-year-old bravely got up in front of his new colleagues to sing... but they'll be hoping for better performances from him on the pitch than on stage. 3Bellingham gave his best rendition of So Sick by Ne-Yo 3Erling Haaland swayed to Three Little Birds If Rapha is rolling on the ground you know the performance was great ????Well done, @BellinghamJude ???? pic.twitter.com/kJFws16lUH— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) August 15, 2020 The £25million summer signing, reading lyrics from his phone screen, attempted to perform something along the lines of Ne-Yo's "So Sick". But on video captured by Jadon Sancho, and posted to Instagram, Bellingham had his team-mates in absolute stitches. In fact, such was the volume of laughter from Sancho and Co, that Bellingham's singing at points can hardly be heard... which is probably for the best. It all got a bit too much for Raphael Guerreiro, who found himself literally rolling on the floor with pained laughter at his new team-mate's expense. Defender Dan-Axel Zagadou can also...
    MANCHESTER UNITED reportedly missed out on landing Jude Bellingham as they weren't prepared to match Borussia Dortmund's £56k-a-week wages. The 17-year-old arrived at BVB from Birmingham for £23million on a five-year contract. 2Man Utd missed out on landing Jude Bellingham from Birmingham The Red Devils had reportedly offered over £30million for the teenage star, amid interest from Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Bayern Munich.  TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Breaking news, juicy gossip and the biggest deals But as reported by ESPN, Old Trafford bowed out as they could not match Dortmund's £56k-a-week wages. Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had faith that Bellingham would shine in United's first team and go onto make at least 20 first-team appearances. But United's owners, the Glazer family, and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward were put off given that Bellingham has tasted just one season of professional football. 2 Woodward had previously admitted that the club would splash out with "extra caution in the coming months" due to the financial hit from coronavirus. England attacker Jadon Sancho is thought to top Solskjaer's wishlist, having recently been pictured in training...
    NEW Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham has revealed that a conversation with Manchester United target Jadon Sancho helped convince him to snub the Red Devils and move to Germany. The 17-year-old was subject of a fierce transfer tug-of-war between the Bundesliga giants and Manchester United. 2Jude Bellingham was finally unveiled as a Borussia Dortmund player this weekCredit: Getty Images - Getty Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side showed him and his family around their Carrington training complex - even getting Sir Alex Ferguson to come along and chat with the youngster. But eventually Bellingham "fell in love" with Dortmund and decided to move to Lucien Favre's side in a £25million deal. Upon his arrival from Birmingham City, he said: "The record Dortmund have got with young players in recent years is unrivalled in European football. "Weighing all that up and the people we met there, the stadium and fanbase, it made me fall in love with the club as well. "I've met Sancho and we have spoken. He is a great example of what you can achieve if you do the...
    (CNN)Jude Bellingham, a promising 17-year-old English footballer who signed with top German club Borussia Dortmund this week, has called the racist comment he received on Twitter following his move to the Bundesliga team "disgusting." On Thursday, Bellingham posted a screengrab of the now-deleted message on Twitter which called him an "overrated talent" and said "Black people only think about money."In a statement, West Mercia Police said officers were investigating racist comments made on social media towards a 17-year-old from North Worcestershire, England. Inspector Lee Page said officers are "thoroughly investigating these abhorrent comments" and added that the police had contacted the victim and the victim's family. Christian Kabasele says racism online is worse than incidents in stadiumThough the user has deleted the tweet and deactivated the account, Twitter has taken action on the account as it violated the company's Hateful Conduct Policy.Read MoreA Twitter spokesperson told CNN that during the current football season in the UK, the company had suspended nearly 300 accounts and "taken action" on nearly 6,000 examples of abuse and hateful content. "We are continuing to proactively...
    Getty Images British soccer team Birmingham City FC is getting roasted on Twitter and across the internet after it announced that it would retire the jersey of its former star Jude Bellingham. Bellingham is only 17 and made under 50 appearances for the team. This week he signed a big-money deal with German powerhouse Borussia Dortmund, becoming the most expensive 17-year-old in soccer history. Retiring jerseys is usually reserved for team icons who have spent decades with their teams — think Brett Favre's number 4 at the Green Bay Packers or Diego Maradona's famed number 10 for Napoli. "It's the lads that have grown up dreaming of one day wearing Birmingham City's iconic #22 shirt that I feel most sorry for," soccer journalist Jonny Sharples wrote. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. British soccer team Birmingham City FC is getting roasted on Twitter and across the internet after it announced that it would retire the jersey of Jude Bellingham, a 17-year-old who has played under 50 games for the team. Bellingham, who is hyped as one of...
    BIRMINGHAM CITY have decided to retire Jude Bellingham's No22 shirt - even though he only played 44 games for the club. The midfielder became the world's most expensive 17-year-old when Borussia Dortmund signed him for £30million on Monday. 2Jude Bellingham played his final game for Birmingham City on ThursdayCredit: Getty Images - Getty Bellingham has progressed through the ranks at Birmingham after joining the club at seven years old. He became the club's youngest ever first-team player at the age of 16 years an 38 days last August. In total, he scored two goals and four assists in 44 appearances for his boyhood club. And Birmingham have decided to honour his achievements by retiring his shirt number. A statement on the club website read: "In such a short space of time Jude has become an iconic figure at Blues, showing what can be achieved through talent, hard work and dedication. "His caring, humble and engaging off-the-field demeanour has also made him such an impressive role model. "The 22 shirt has become synonymous with Jude,...
    BORUSSIA DORTMUND wonderkid Jude Bellingham was targeted by a sick racist after playing his final game for Birmingham. The 17-year-old left St Andrews in tears after representing his boyhood club for a final time in the 3-1 defeat to Derby. 2Jude Bellingham played his final game for Birmingham on ThursdayCredit: Getty Images - Getty 2The wonderkid left the field in tears after his last Birmingham gameCredit: PA:Press Association But his farewell appearance was marred by a comment made by a coward on social media that was shared by the teenager alongside the caption: "Disgusting." It read: "Jude Bellingham the most overrated talent, so useless only think about money. "He black. Black people only think about money." Bellingham has shared the information with West Midlands police who confirmed they have launched an investigation to find the culprit. A reply read: "Hi Jude, thanks for reporting this to us, we are looking into it. PC Colin Barlow will be in touch with you shortly." An emotional Bellingham sat on the St Andrews turf at the full-time whistle taking in his...
    JUDE BELLINGHAM has been tipped to star for England at next summer’s Euros — just like a teenage Wayne Rooney did 16 years ago. Birmingham sensation Bellingham became the world’s most expensive 17-year-old when he sealed his £30million move to Borussia Dortmund on Monday. 5Birmingham wonderkid Jude Bellingham will play for Borussia Dortmund next seasonCredit: Getty Images - Getty 5Wayne Rooney, then 18, took Euro 2004 by storm and was named in the team of the tournamentCredit: Getty Images - Getty Tonight he makes his farewell appearance for Brum, desperately hoping to help secure their Championship future as his parting gift. Standing in his way will be Derby’s veteran midfielder Rooney, who Bellingham will lock horns with for the first time in his fledgling career. The significance of the clash has not been lost on the Blues caretaker-boss, Steve Spooner, who nurtured the Stourbridge kid during his formative years in the academy. Spooner, 59, said: “The thought of Jude playing in a major tournament for England in a year is a distinct possibility. “His talent is limitless. A more focused...
    Bundesliga becomes the most expensive teenager (29 million euros) in football history Dortmund sign Jude Bellingham and his teammates welcome him to the beat of the Beatles Borussia Dortmund have confirmed the signing of the young woman Birmingham City’s pearl, Jude Bellingham, for about £ 26m (€ 29m). Bellingham has thus become the most expensive 17-year-old footballer in football history. With this deal, Bellingham follows in the footsteps of his compatriot Jadon Sancho, who left Manchester City in 2017 to pursue his career with the Germans. Dortmund celebrated the arrival of the teenage player with a video of footballers from Dortmund singing the famous Beatles song ‘Hey, Jude’.
    Jude Bellingham, The Beatles. Getty/Terry Disney/Chris Hughes Borussia Dortmund welcomed its latest signing, a $38 million English youngster called Jude Bellingham, with a hilariously bad team rendition of The Beatles' "Hey Jude." Giovanni Reyna and Dan-Axel Zagadou were just two of the players to welcome Bellingham in the video which already has over 1.2 million views. Bellingham, 17, signed for Dortmund from Birmingham City on a "long-term contract" and will link up with his new teammates at the end of July, according to The National. Watch Dortmund's recital of the 1968 hit below.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. From Pokemon Go to Tinder; and from a faked kidnapping to a collaboration with Stormzy – soccer clubs have found more and more inventive ways to reveal new players in recent years.  And on Monday, Borussia Dortmund came up with one of the most creative efforts yet by having its players sing a rendition of The Beatles' classic "Hey Jude" to welcome teenage sensation Jude Bellingham to the Westfalenstadion. The German club beat off competition from Manchester United to land...
    DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund has signed promising 17-year-old English midfielder Jude Bellingham from second-division club Birmingham, the German club said Monday. Dortmund finally confirmed the expected deal two days before Birmingham’s final league game of the season – a potential relegation decider against Derby. Dortmund said Bellingham signed a “long-term deal” and will wear the No. 22 jersey. “I’m incredibly excited to have joined one of Europe’s biggest clubs,” Bellingham told Birmingham’s website. “The direction they are heading in and how much they help to improve young players made it an easy decision for myself and my family.” Bellingham follows in the footsteps of England forward Jadon Sancho, who was 17 when he made the move from Manchester City to Dortmund three years ago. Sancho has since become one of the Bundesliga’s most valuable attacking players with 17 goals and 17 assists this season. Bellingham made his debut for Birmingham last August, aged 16 and 138 days. That made him the youngest player in the club’s history. He went on to score four goals in 40 league appearances....
    BORUSSIA DORTMUND have confirmed the signing of teenager Jude Bellingham from Birmingham City in hilarious fashion. The 17-year-old midfielder's arrival was announced with his new team-mates enjoying a singalong to Hey Jude by The Beatles on the club's official Twitter account. 1Borussia Dortmund have confirmed the signing of Jude Bellingham from Birmingham Hey Jude
     JUDE BELLINGHAM turned down a stunning last- minute bid from   Bayern Munich before sealing  his £30million move to Borussia Dortmund. The Birmingham midfielder, 17, will become the world’s most expensive teenager and has also landed a five-year deal worth £60,000-a-week. 2Jude Bellingham had his pick of Germany's top clubsCredit: Getty Images - Getty Wonderkid Bellingham was in Dortmund yesterday to complete a medical plus sign ahead of an announcement in the next few days. SunSport can reveal that Bundesliga giants Bayern were offering to both outbid Dortmund  and beat the wages on offer. Dortmund increased their initial offer agreed with Blues but Bayern were  confident of landing the hugely talented England Under-17 star.  Bellingham spoke to Bayern in those last-minute talks but felt heading to Dortmund, a club famed for giving youth — such as England winger Jadon Sancho — a chance,  was a much more sensible move. All of Europe’s top clubs wanted the kid who became Birmingham’s youngest player at 16 years and 38 days when starting a Carabao Cup first- round match at Portsmouth last August. ...
    JUDE BELLINGHAM arrived at Borussia Dortmund's training ground as he signed a five-year deal to seal his £23million transfer from Birmingham. The 17-year-old snubbed interest from Manchester United as well as Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. 1Jude Bellingham arrived at Borussia Dortmund's training ground as he signed a five-year deal Bellingham is said to have been swayed by Dortmund's history of building stars and the chance to be a regular starter in Germany's top flight. According to Fabrizio Romano, the teen sensation completed his medical and signed until 2025. Bellingham is free to sign a pro contract having turned 17 on June 30. Despite being shown around United’s training ground by Sir Alex Ferguson in March, the player and his family feel Dortmund will be a better place for him to flourish. United also saw the German giants pip them to Norwegian striker Erling Haaland at the start of the year. Dortmund have all but landed England prospect  Bellingham on the cheap, having seen their initial £30m January offer rejected by Birmingham. Two months later, Dortmund, United and...
    MANCHESTER UNITED have been beaten to the signing of Jude Bellingham by Borussia Dortmund, according to reports. The Red Devils were heavily linked with Birmingham's 17-year-old sensation but the Bundesliga side will reportedly pay £22million for the youngster and tie him down to a £2.7m-a-year contract. 1Jude Bellingham is closing in on a £22m transfer to Borussia Dortmund United had targeted the versatile midfielder, while Chelsea were also interested. But the Bundesliga side have beaten them to it, according to German outlet Bild. Bellingham is free to sign a pro contract having turned 17 on June 30. MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United news LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Arsenal, Spurs and Man Utd vs Chelsea scores this weekend and win £100   Previous reports suggested he was expected to agree a five-year deal with the German side. Despite being shown around United’s training ground by Sir Alex Ferguson in March, Bellingham’s family believe Dortmund will be a better place for him to flourish. United also saw Dortmund pip them to Norwegian strike sensation Erling Haaland at the...
    BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: Jude Bellingham of Birmingham City during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Coventry City and Birmingham City at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium on January 25, 2020 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images) Borussia Dortmund have benefitted massively from signing Jadon Sancho. That’s why they’re ready to return to England to ink Jude Bellingham.  The trend of young English starlets heading to Borussia Dortmund in search of first-team football is set to continue. Jadon Sancho’s decision to leave Manchester City for the Bundesliga runners-up worked exceedingly well for all involved. Jude Bellingham will hope his move away from Birmingham City to the Black and Yellow will work just as well. Dortmund officials have been working to court the 17-year-old midfielder for the better part of two years. Signing him is a clear part of the club’s strategy to take advantage of English club’s unwillingness to promote young players. The move will cost Dortmund an estimated £21 million to complete, but it’s a risk the club are more than happy to take. Bellingham rightly...
    BORUSSIA DORTMUND believe they have beaten Manchester United  in the race to land Jude Bellingham. The German giants will pay  an initial £20.7million for the Birmingham whizkid. 1Jude Bellingham has caught the eye of Europe's top clubsCredit: Getty Images - Getty Bellingham is free to sign a pro contract having turned 17 on Monday and is expected to agree a five-year deal. United had targeted the versatile midfielder, while Chelsea were also interested. And despite being shown around United’s training ground by Sir Alex Ferguson in March, Bellingham’s family believe Dortmund will be a better place for him to flourish. LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City scores this coming weekend and win £100 United also saw Dortmund pip them to Norwegian strike  sensation Erling Haaland at the start of the year. The Bundesliga club appear to have landed England  prospect  Bellingham on the cheap, having seen their £30m January offer rejected by Birmingham. Two months later, Dortmund, United and Chelsea were all  prepared to pay £35m with a  further £15m in add-ons — but the coronavirus crisis...
    MANCHESTER UNITED will lose out to Borussia Dortmund on landing Jude Bellingham because of a lack of assurances over playing time, according to reports. The Birmingham wonderkid can officially sign his first professional contract with the German giants today as he celebrates his 17th birthday. 1 Jude Bellingham can sign for Borussia Dortmund todayCredit: Rex Features Bellingham has been locked in a transfer tug-of-war between the two sides as he decides on his next move. MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United news And it appears Dortmund have convinced him to take the leap of faith in the Bundesliga after the two clubs reportedly agreed a fee believed to be in the region of £25million with significant future incentives. The Brummie-born superstar believes he will handed more first-team opportunities in Germany as he looks to progress his career, write the Mirror.  Jadon Sancho's impact has played a key part in his decision with the winger leaving Man City for Dortmund as a 17-year-old in 2017. The England ace is now one of the most sought-after players in world...
    BAYERN MUNICH will not join Manchester United in the race to sign Jude Bellingham, according to reports. Bild's Christian Falk suggests there is no truth in the rumours the newly-crowned German champs have become the latest club to show interest in Birmingham ace Bellingham. 1 Jude Bellingham looks set for a move to Borussia DortmundCredit: Reuters MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United news The reason being the Bavarian bosses "know" Borussia Dortmund have an agreement with the 16-year-old player. The English youngster looks set to follow in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho by quitting the UK to move to Bundesliga side Dortmund. A number of clubs have been circling around the highly-rated youngster including Chelsea and United. The Red Devils pulled out all the stops to try and lure the midfielder to Old Trafford, including a special trip to Carrington. But recent reports suggested the whizzkid was ready to reject the Premier League giants in order to put pen to paper on a £20million deal to join Dortmund. He has his heart set on a move to Germany...
    MANCHESTER UNITED and Chelsea have been dealt a massive blow with Jude Bellingham agreeing to join Borussia Dortmund, according to reports. United pulled out all the stops to land the 16-year-old Birmingham midfielder, including a special trip to Carrington. 1 Bellingham is set to complete a £20m switch to Borussia Dortmund after reportedly snubbing Man Utd and ChelseaCredit: Getty Images - Getty But his decision to snub them is another bitter blow for Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who also lost out on Erling Haaland to the Bundesliga side. MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United news ESPN say Dortmund are expected to announce Bellingham's arrival in the next few days after signing him for around £20million. The teenager - who currently earns a scholar's wage of £145 per week - has his heart set on moving to Germany because he wants to follow in the footsteps of England star Jadon Sancho. The Dortmund sensation could become Bellingham's new team-mate if he also snubs the advances of United to remain with the club. Bellingham - whose younger brother...