Bellingham is new England talisman but Southgate fears saviour syndrome

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Gareth Southgate knows that relying solely on one gifted player would be repeating an old England mistake

The big man is back or at least he is coming back. It is a situation we have lived before with England on the eve of a major tournament in Germany. For Wayne Rooney post-metatarsal at the 2006 World Cup, see Jude Bellingham, for different reasons, and Euro 2024.

It has been a draining week for Gareth Southgate, the dark clouds gathering as the manager prepared to make the final cuts to his squad, the anxiety unavoidable. It is football. But it is also people. The difficult decisions, especially the ones to omit Harry Maguire, Jack Grealish and James Maddison, the first of the trio for fitness reasons, were felt by everyone.

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Written by David Hytner
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/article/2024/jun/08/jude-bellingham-talisman-england-avoid-saviour-syndrome under the title “Bellingham is new England talisman but Southgate fears saviour syndrome”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.