After encouraging start at Borussia Dortmund, Jude Bellingham set for England U-21s call-up

Jude Bellingham (Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)
Jude Bellingham (Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images) /

Jude Bellingham is set to be rewarded for his encouraging start to life at Borussia Dortmund with a call-up to the England U-21s team.

Bellingham became the world’s most expensive U-18 player this summer when he joined Borussia Dortmund from Birmingham City for a fee of 25 million euros. Despite being just 17, the midfielder has made an impressive start to life in Germany, shining in the team’s three pre-season games so far. And now it looks like he will be rewarded with a call-up to England’s U-21s team for the upcoming international break.

According to Sky Sports, the English FA is planning an accelerated plan for the highly rated midfielder which will see him play for the U-21s. And depending on how he fares at Borussia Dortmund, he could be given his first call-up to the senior team in the next two or three years. The report adds that some FA officials think putting Bellingham in the senior team too early could be detrimental to his long term career.

Bellingham only turned 17 two months ago, but already has 45 competitive appearances under his belt. He was a key player for hometown club Birmingham City last season, and is set be a part of the first team squad for the Black and Yellows this season.

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Erling Haaland, Raphael Guerreiro and Thomas Delaney will also be away with their respective national teams next week after being called up for the upcoming UEFA Nations League games. More call-ups are set to be announced in the next few days, with a number of Borussia Dortmund players set to represent their countries ahead of the start of the new Bundesliga campaign.