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Viewers Vent At BBC's Lovefest With Jude Bellingham During Unimpressive Serbia Win

Viewers Vent At BBC's Lovefest With Jude Bellingham During Unimpressive Serbia Win
Darragh O'Flynn
By Darragh O'Flynn Updated
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England's Euro 2024 campaign started with a bang...and then a whimper. Gareth Southgate's men secured an unconvincing 1-0 victory over Serbia on Sunday, all thanks to a crucial goal from Jude Bellingham, in the 13th minute.

However after a really bright start that showcased Bellingham's prowess and the team's determination, England retreated. The second half was very poor for England as they struggled to make genuine attempts at goal, apart from a close call with crossbar from Harry Kane

However, the bigger talking point of the game is arguably the lovefest on the BBC broadcast towards the Real Madrid midfielder. It was blatant from commentary duo Alan Shearer and Guy Mowbray, and in the punditry booth from pundits Rio Ferdinand and Micah Richards.

No doubt Bellingham is one of the world's best players - a generational talent - but much of the praise for was over the top and bordering on hero worship.

Rio Ferdinand was the most vociferous Bellingham cheerleader. During halftime analysis of Bellingham's goal, Ferdinand uttered the words 'I am him' about Bellingham.

We talked about someone who understands what the game and the moment needs. He's come out there today with the attitude and says listen guys, 'this is my game and I am him'. That's the vibe that he's given me with the way that he's gesturing. The shoulders back. He knows and believes that he is the guy.

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Bellingham wasn't even the best player on the pitch, with Bukayo Saka being the standout man in the first half as he Strhinja Pavlovic a nightmare of a half, but to the defender's credit, he improved in the second period.

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Plenty of viewers watching at home picked up on the lovefest.

 

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Despite the victory, it's hard to ignore the defensive vulnerabilities that the Southgate side displayed. Bellingham, for all his star power, didn't create a single opportunity, and the team found themselves constantly under pressure from the Serbs. This is an area that needs immediate attention and improvement.

If it wasn't for wayward shooting and a brilliant save from Jordan Pickford, Dragan Stojkovic's side could have quickly taken a point in the game.

So, will football be coming home? Time will tell.

READ MORE: Three VAR Innovations For Euro 2024 Receiving Huge Praise

 

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