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Jude Bellingham justifies his hype after stepping out of Erling Haaland's shadow

Included in Gareth Southgte's last England squad, Bellingham is in contention for a place in the final 23 for this summer's Euros, on the back of his impressive displays for Dortmund.

And it says everything about his standing that while the more experienced duo of Thorgan Hazard and Thomas Delaney were dropped following Dortmund's weekend defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt, the 17-year-old kept his place.

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He justified coach Edin Terzic's faith in him with a formidable, energetic display that saw him go from defensive midfielder to marauding box-to-box attacker, all the while playing with discipline and diligence.

It was Bellingham who produced the first chance of the game, a shot in the seventh minute saved by Ederson, which set the tone for his all-action display, which will have endorsed his claim to be part of England's squad this summer.

His endeavour and awareness was rewarded with a goal in the 37th minute, when he took the ball off Ederson, only for the effort to be disallowed for an alleged foul on the Manchester City keeper.

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