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Roy Keane Has Been Gushing Over An England Player In Rare Cameo

Roy Keane Has Been Gushing Over An England Player In Rare Cameo

At 18 years of age, Birmingham City might have been right to retire Jude Bellingham's jersey. He's got star potential and now has Roy Keane rooting for him.

The Corkman might be known to dish out plenty of his criticism in his punditry spells but he didn't hold back in his praising of Bellingham.

On Monday night, England carried out a complete whitewash of San Marino in a 10-0 win and the Dortmund midfielder was instrumental in their performance.

People might not look too much into the efforts against such lacklustre opposition. However, there were positives to take from the match.

The win saw England top Group I ahead of Poland, who were hot in their heels earlier in the campaign. They put twelve past San Marino over two games.

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The rise of Bellingham is one of many narratives coming out of the game. Harry Kane's four goals is nice padding for his international goals record.

Keane On Bellingham

After the game, Roy Keane and Ian Wright were on punditry duties in the ITV studio and they couldn't hold back in their admiration for 18-year-old Bellingham.

"We love everything about him," Keane said. "What he's doing on the pitch, the way he speaks off it. He's playing week-in week-out for a top club. The potential for this kid, it's scary."

Wright joined in on the praise. "He wears number 22 because he's a number 10, he's an 8 and a 4. He's got everything."

"As long as he can keep himself right and keep himself fit, you have to say in a years time he's probably a starter for England."

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At that point, Keane interjected to convey some more positive thoughts on the youngster. "I saw him recently playing for Dortmund in a Champions League game."

"He was producing passes and I was even like, I didn't think he had that in his locker quite yet. And we're not seeing him week-in week-out."

Keane continued. "The potential for this boy, and he's a good size, he looks like a footballer. He looks like a boxer. He's a strong, powerful boy."

Bellingham has cemented himself as a starter for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga this season. Marco Rose has started him in all eleven of Dortmund's games.

He has two goals and three assists so far, including another hat-trick of assists playing for Dortmund in the Champions League.

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