Jude Bellingham on Scotland win and his best position
Three Lions and Real Madrid man assesses Scotland win and what he sees as his best position on the pitch
MATCH CENTRE: SCOTLAND v ENGLAND
England’s Jude Bellingham reflected on a good night's work in Glasgow, after scoring one and setting up another in the 3-1 win over Scotland.
Bellingham made a big-money move to Real Madrid in the summer and he's made a superb start to life in Spain, scoring five goals in four games.
And the 20 year old has continued his impressive start to the season by playing a part in all three of England’s goals at Hampden Park.
After helping create the opening for Phil Foden’s goal, the former Stourbridge Juniors youngster made it 2-0 before helping round off the victory with some classy play to set up Harry Kane.
It came on the back of the Three Lions’ 1-1 draw against Ukraine, when the youngster came off in the second half of the game.
“I wasn’t happy with how I played against Ukraine, I showed a level that probably wasn’t anywhere near my best and the motivation is to always get back to my best and I think that was close to it tonight,” said the former Birmingham City and Borussia Dortmund man.
“I knew tonight was more than a friendly game, it means too much to the fans, with bragging rights and all those sorts of things.
“I knew I wanted to be near to my best tonight so the England fans could go home happy.”
He continued: “I think I was involved in a lot of the good play, just for a longer period of time. I probably could have been involved a little bit more [on Saturday] and that’s on me to try and get myself involved and try to be a match-winner.
“Clearly I couldn’t do that at the weekend but the last two days that’s really driven me to try to perform better. I’ve managed to do that and now it’s about continuing it. “
There’s been much talk and debate about where Bellingham’s best position may lie, with his ability making him a player who can perform in a number of roles.
But after an electric start to his career in Spain, Bellingham believes he might have found it in the role he performed at Hampden Park.
“This was probably close [to my best role]. I know it depends on the system we play,” he revealed.
“I think it’s a freedom role. If you look at my performances in Madrid so far, they are ones that are quite complete because I get given the freedom by the amazing team-mates, coaching staff and manager that I’ve got.
“They allow me to go all over the pitch, to help with build-up, to be in the box and finish the chances and to create as well. I think I can do all that pretty well, I can still do it a lot better and that’s what I’m trying to prove.
“It’s tough because we have so many amazing players to accommodate and to get the best out of, so it shouldn’t just be built around what I do. The team has to come first always and I try to do my best to slot in and do whatever the gaffer wants from me.”