Jude Bellingham Profile
|Born||Jun 29, 2003|
The youngest ever first team player at Birmingham, the youngest goal scorer for Borussia Dortmund, and now the third youngest to represent England at international level.
Jude Bellingham is an English midfielder who plays for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund as well as the England national team.
The 17-year old already has his number retired at boyhood club Birmingham, as well as being called up to the England Euro 2020 squad.
Childhood dreams at Birmingham
Born in 2003, Bellingham joined Birmingham in 2010 as a part of the under-8's development. By the time he was 14 he was making impact in the under-18 squad before making his debut for the under-23s, aged 15.
In the 2019/20 season, Bellingham became the youngest player to play for Birmingham, aged 16 years and 38 days.
He made his debut for the club in an EFL Cup match against Portsmouth in August, before making his league debut 19 days later against Swansea City.
The midfielder scored his first goal for the club on his home debut, netting the winner in a 2-1 win over Stoke City.
Already a crucial member of the Birmingham City he was named November's EFL Young Player of the Month.
By January 2020, there were a host of Europe's leading clubs sniffing around Bellingham, with Manchester United reported to have offered £25million for his services. However, despite speculation, Bellingham stuck with his boyhood club, helping them stave off relegation to League One.
He finished the season with four goals from 44 games in all competitions.
At the EFL Awards, he was named both Championship Apprentice of the Year and EFL Young Player of the Season.
It was clear the teenager was going to leave St Andrews and the Blues retired his No. 22 shirt "to remember one of our own and to inspire others".
Bellingham's father Mark, a former non-league striker with Leamington, had visited several clubs with his son as they weighed up their next move.
His move was announced on July 20, 2020 and he became the most expensive 17-year-old ever. The fee reported to be £25million.
Bellingham made his debut in a DFB-Pokal match against third-tier MSV Duisburg, scoring twice. In doing so he became the club's youngest goal scorer in the competition, as well as the club's youngest scorer in any competitive match.
He made his Bundesliga debut against Borussia Monchengladbach, grabbing his first assist of the campaign.
Bellingham started his first Champions League match on October 20, 2020 against Lazio. At 17 years and 113 days he became the youngest player to play in a Champions League fixture.
The Englishman rounded off an outstanding debut campaign for Dortmund with his first piece of silverware, the DFB-Pokal, after Dortmund beat RB Leipzig 4-1 in the final. After a campaign in which he made 46 appearances and scored four times, his fellow pros named him Newcomer of the Season.
Bellingham has progressed through the ranks for England, playing for the under-16s through to the under-21s.
He became the youngest player to appear for England under-21s in September 2020, coming off the bench and scoring against Kosovo to complete a 6-0 victory.
Bellingham made his first senior appearance for England in a friendly against the Republic of Ireland in November 2020. At 17 years, 136 days, he became England's third-youngest full international; only Theo Walcott and Wayne Rooney had appeared at a younger age.
To conclude his groundbreaking season at Dortmund, Bellingham was called up to Gareth Southgate's Euro 2020 squad.
Bellingham's dad Mark was a prolific striker at non-league level, while his mother Denice has also been a huge influence on his career. Younger brother Jobe is currently coming through the ranks of Birmingham City's academy.
Jude Bellingham's net worth is believed to be €4million.