Jude Bellingham and Steven Gerrard starred in a brilliant interview after England beat Ukraine 2-0 at Wembley Stadium.
Another strike from captain and newly crowned record goalscorer Harry Kane gave the Three Lions a 1-0 lead before Bukayo Saka curled up with a stunning shot.
It followed Thursday’s 2-1 win over Italy in Naples and means England have started their Euro 2024 qualifiers with maximum points from their opening two games.
Bellingham started both games and once again impressed with back-to-back all-action performances in midfield. After the game, he was invited to an interview with Channel 4 as part of post-game coverage.
The Borussia Dortmund sensation stood right next to former England captain Gerrard, a player he regularly cites as one of his footballing role models.
At first you could tell the 19-year-old was a little impressed by the stars as he told Gerrard how much of an influence he’s had on him.
He said: “I’m nervous now! Definitive. The things Stevie could do, the teams he played for, the ways he could carry a team, the ways he could win a game single-handedly. He could do anything as a midfielder.
“I’ve said it several times how much I looked up to you and your game. It is a pleasure to be standing here now.”
Bellingham has drawn comparisons to Gerrard because he is a complete midfielder who can influence the game in both defense and attack with equal success.
And Gerrard spoke so glowingly of him, even going so far as to say that his physique and his fearlessness saw Bellingham outperform his 19-year-old at Liverpool.
Gerrard explained: “Let me tell you, you are a lot further along than I was at your age. So you’re headed in the right direction, that’s for sure.
“Well, for one thing, he’s got a better body than I did at 19. No, I’m serious! I never had that power and strength until I was 22 or 23.
“So he’s definitely more physically developed than me. He’s more confident than me on the ball – as far as trying it out is concerned. I’m not just saying that to be humble, but I think he’s ahead of me at 19.
“Don’t get me wrong, I’ve gotten where I wanted to be and he’ll get where he wants to be if he keeps going like this. He’s in an amazing place. He just has to keep playing well, keep playing well and everything else will fall into place.”
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