Fri 07 June 2024 | 19:39

Bellingham Isn't England's Lone Hero

Amid Euro 2024 Prep, Coach Southgate Emphasizes Team Effort Over Solo Stardom

After England's disappointing 1-0 loss to Iceland in their final Euro 2024 warm-up match, Gareth Southgate emphasized that Jude Bellingham, despite his potential to uplift the team, should not bear the sole burden of the nation's expectations. Bellingham, who missed Friday's match at Wembley due to recovery from

Real Madrid

's Champions League triumph, was not singled out as the key to England's success.

"We are not placing all our hopes on Jude," Southgate declared after the defeat to Iceland. "We have a strong squad with many talented players, and winning this tournament will require a collective effort. Relying on one person alone won't lead to victory. Jude has an outstanding mentality and will undoubtedly inspire the entire group."

Southgate also stressed that while Bellingham's presence will energize the squad, the responsibility to perform does not fall solely on his shoulders. "It's up to all of us to maintain our focus and ensure our mindset is right. As a coaching team, we'll address the areas that need improvement from our performance against Iceland."

Bellingham, who had a remarkable season with Real Madrid, winning both La Liga and the Champions League, as well as being named La Liga Player of the Season, is seen as a key figure for England this summer. Having been a regular in the national team for over two years, he sees Euro 2024 as an opportunity to shine on the international stage.

England, led by Southgate, will continue their preparations this week ahead of their Group C opener against Serbia next Sunday. Bellingham will join the squad as they aim to move past a disappointing run of just one win in their last five games.

source: SportMob

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