Gareth Southgate’s wishlist might just feature a key item for England’s summer success: a fully fit and in-form Jude Bellingham. The final two Euro 2024 qualifiers highlighted a lack of attacking rhythm and a scarcity of goals, especially with Jack Grealish and Marcus Rashford failing to leave a lasting impression, and Ollie Watkins missing his chance in the No 9 role.
England’s offensive prowess seemed less dynamic without Bellingham on the field. The team struggled to replicate the electrifying runs that led to crucial goals against Italy in October. While Trent Alexander-Arnold and Phil Foden showcased moments of brilliance in the No 8 roles, the end product was lacking.
The recent performances underscore the significance of having Bellingham in the England lineup, akin to the importance of Harry Kane. Both players are arguably among the best in the world in their respective positions. Ensuring their fitness, form, and hunger for success in June will be pivotal to England’s prospects in Germany. The return of Bellingham could be the spark England needs.