England call up Borussia Dortmund teenager Jude Bellingham


Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund controlls the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group F stage match between Club Brugge KV and Borussia Dortmund at Jan Breydel Stadium on November 4, 2020 in Brugge, Belgium.

Borussia Dortmund teenager Jude Bellingham has been called up to the England squad after James Ward-Prowse and Trent Alexander-Arnold were forced to withdraw due to injury.

It is the 17-year-old's first call up to Gareth Southgate's senior squad.

The former Birmingham City player had at first been included in the England Under 21s but will now join the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson for Thursday's friendly against Republic of Ireland and Nations League meetings with Belgium and Iceland.

Southampton midfielder Ward-Prowse has withdrawn with a tight hamstring, while Liverpool full-back Alexander-Arnold was ruled out after getting injured in a 1-1 Premier League draw with Manchester City on Sunday.

The English Football Association confirmed Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford will report for international duty on Thursday to allow further assessment on an injury he sustained while playing against Everton on Saturday.

"The majority of the squad arrived at St George's Park on Monday, with seven more players – Ben Chilwell, Eric Dier, Harry Kane, Kyle Walker, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling – due to report on Tuesday," the FA said in a statement.

After facing Ireland at Wembley on Thursday, England will play Nations League A Group 2 games against Belgium on Sunday and Iceland three day later.

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