‘In the presence of greatness’ – Redknapp likens ‘exceptional’ England star to Gerrard and Lampard

Ciaran McCarthy
Jude Bellingham, England, November 2022

Jamie Redknapp has heaped praise on England youngster Jude Bellingham, likening him to Three Lions greats Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

At just 19 years of age, Bellingham has established himself as one of the finest midfield players in Europe. Indeed, his form for Borussia Dortmund of late has highlighted the star power he possesses.

In 22 games in all competitions for the club this season, he has scored nine goals and provided three assists. His consistent performances have helped him into Gareth Southgate’s starting XI for the World Cup.

Former England midfielder Redknapp feels the youngster can emulate the careers of some England greats.

“I remember when Stevie [Gerrard] first got into the Liverpool team at 17 and you realise you’re in the presence of greatness because they move the ball differently. I think Jude is a bit like that,” he told Sky Sports (via Football Daily).

“They are alike. They are just great midfield players and generational to be honest. Stevie, Frank Lampard; he’s a little bit of everything Jude. That’s what I like about him. He’s very controlled. He’s just an exceptional young man.”

Bellingham’s performances at such a young age show he could follow in the footsteps of those players. That he has already begun to star for England reinforces that.

Indeed, the Dortmund midfielder had not scored for the Three Lions before his World Cup debut.

However, in the form he is currently in, it did not take long for him to change that. The 19-year-old struck England’s opener against Iran in the 35th minute, and continued to have a starring role throughout the game.

Bellingham’s was a complete performance, that afforded him an 8.4 rating from WhoScored – which, for a 19-year-old’s World Cup debut, is not to be sniffed at.

This season has already been a sensational one for the midfielder, and a good World Cup could raise his stock even more.

Gerrard and Lampard were consistently two of the best midfielders in world football for years. As such, Bellingham needs to keep up this sort of form for some time to replicate the impact that they had on the game.

However, at face value, it appears he has the sort of quality required to remain as one of the best in his position for years to come. Putting in big performances on the biggest stage of all cannot hurt.

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