Dortmund starlet Bellingham handed first England Under-21 call up

Borussia Dortmund’s new £25m starlet Jude Bellingham handed first England Under-21 call up with Bukayo Saka also joining Aidy Boothroyd’s squad for European Championship qualifiers

  • Wonderkid Jude Bellingham has been called up to England’s U21s for first time
  • The midfielder joined Borussia Dortmund in a £25m move earlier this summer
  • Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka and Brentford’s Josh Dasilva join Bellingham in the squad

New Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham has been handed a first England Under-21 call up.

Bellingham, who made the £25million switch from Birmingham City earlier in the summer, is joined by Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka and Brentford’s Josh Dasilva, with all three looking for debuts.

Aidy Boothroyd is now without startlets Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood, who were both promoted to Gareth Southgate’s senior team.

Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Jude Bellingham has been called up to England’s Under-21s

Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka joins Bellingham in the squad and is looking to make his debut

Callum Hudson-Odoi has dropped back down to the Under 21s for European Championship qualifiers away in Kosovo and Austria on September 4 and 8. Burnley winger Dwight McNeil is a surprise omission.

‘We’re all really looking forward to meeting up for the first time since November,’ Boothroyd said.

‘We have two testing away matches against our closest rivals in the group and it’ll be a good opportunity for the players to come together again, even if it will be an unusual experience with no crowds at either of the fixtures.

Mason Greenwood (L) and Phil Foden (R) were promoted to Gareth Southgate’s senior squad

‘We had a 2-0 home victory against Kosovo in Hull a year ago and I remember they made things difficult for us with a disciplined defensive performance.

‘After that, we played really well in a 5-1 win against Austria in Milton Keynes, which I’m sure our hosts will want to make amends for when we make the return trip.

‘We know we are in good shape for the qualification and this is a hungry squad that have a great opportunity in front of them with next summer’s finals not too far away.

‘We have to get the job done first and these will be two tough fixtures. I am looking forward to seeing the players again and helping them with another key stage in their development.’




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