Trippier Upbeat on Bellingham's Influence as England Meets Italy in Euro 2024 Qualifier
|Jude Bellingham of England smiles during the international friendly match between England and Australia at Wembley Stadium on October 13, 2023 in London, England.(Image-Getty)
Ahead of the crucial Euro 2024 qualifier against Italy, England's defender Kieran Trippier emphasized the potential impact of Jude Bellingham in igniting the team's performance. Since his move to Real Madrid during the recent transfer window, Bellingham has delivered outstanding performances, netting an impressive 10 goals in his first 10 appearances across various competitions for the Spanish club.
Trippier expressed his confidence in Bellingham's abilities, highlighting the young player's remarkable maturity, quality, and tenacity that have left a strong impression in Madrid. "His fearless approach, coupled with the support of his teammates, has allowed him to play with a liberating spirit, further enhancing his potential. What's truly astounding is that he's only 20 years old," Trippier remarked.
Additionally, Trippier commended England's significant progress since the 2018 World Cup, acknowledging the team's evolution and commendable performance despite their loss in the Euros final. He underscored the contribution of young talents such as Bellingham, James Maddison, Bukayo Saka, and Phil Foden, emphasizing their ability to turn the tide in critical moments of the game.
In light of the recent backlash faced by teammate Jordan Henderson from England fans due to his move to the Saudi Arabian club Al-Ettifaq earlier this year, Trippier stood by Henderson, emphasizing his exceptional character and leadership qualities. "Hendo's unwavering dedication and his pivotal role in setting and maintaining high standards within the team are truly commendable," Trippier affirmed, emphasizing the unity among the players in the face of criticism.
Looking forward, England is set to face Italy in a highly anticipated match at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday, showcasing their unity and determination to secure a favorable outcome.