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Jude Bellingham praises England ways in powerful Euro 2024 opener


England midfielder Jude Bellingham concluded that the backroom employees “acquired it proper” for Sunday evening’s difficult Euro 2024 opener towards Serbia.

The Three Lions got here away with a slim victory courtesy of Bellingham’s bullet header within the thirteenth minute. They dominated the primary half with out having the ability to add to that lead, earlier than Serbia proved to be a resurgent drive after the break and made life uncomfortable for Gareth Southgate’s facet.

England discovered themselves getting pushed deeper and deeper as the sport wore on, ultimately hanging on for the win, however Bellingham insists the gamers had been anticipating what got here at them.

“I assumed [Serbia] are a really powerful facet. Very strong, sturdy and a giant group of lads and it was essential that we ready nicely,” the Actual Madrid star instructed BBC Sport.

Jude Bellingham

Bellingham scored the one purpose / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

“The employees acquired it proper,” he added. “We ready all week very nicely. We knew the roles we needed to do. We attempt to maintain to our personal requirements and attempt to do our personal job. It is essential that we acquired off to an excellent begin. Constructive contained in the camp and onto the subsequent one.”

Bellingham scored 23 targets in all competitions for Madrid throughout the 2023/24 marketing campaign, ending because the crew’s second prime scorer behind solely fellow Ballon d’Or contender Vinicius Junior. By comparability, he had solely discovered the online 3 times in 29 England appearances earlier than Sunday.

“I’ve acquired used to moving into the field, getting broad and making an attempt to try this,” the participant defined, after it turned clear that goalscoring Bellingham has arrived for England.

“I acquired into that behavior at Madrid and I wished to hold my kind into the Euros. It is an amazing begin for me personally to get my confidence up and to assist the lads get the win is an important factor.”