England were already a pretty good team before Jude Bellingham forced his way into the starting XI. Now, with the Real Madrid man looking like one of the best players in the world, they are not only candidates to win Euro 2024 – they should be the favourites.
After scoring five goals in his first four matches for Los Blancos, Bellingham turned on the style for his country in a convincing 3-1 win over Scotland. Bellingham carved Steve Clarke’s side open to help set up Phil Foden’s deadlock-breaking strike and then started and finished the move for the second goal.
A nightmare own goal by Harry Maguire gave Scotland belief and shook England for a bit but Bellingham steadied the ship, saving his best moment ’till last. A sumptuous piece of skill and pass set up Harry Kane, who finished superbly to put the result beyond doubt.