Thursday, March 30, 2023

‘You overthink things’: Bellingham nonetheless re-lives England World Cup exit


Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham stated on Thursday he nonetheless thinks about what he may have achieved higher to stop England’s World Cup elimination.

England was knocked out within the quarterfinals in opposition to eventual runner-up France, dropping 2-1 after captain Harry Kane missed a late penalty.

Talking to Dortmund’s web site from the membership’s winter coaching camp in Spain, Bellingham, whose passes led to each of England’s penalties within the match, stated he nonetheless wonders what may need been.

“I still think about the game at times. There was an instance in training (with Dortmund) where I had a shot and I thought that was just like the one that I had in the France game,” Bellingham, 19, stated.

“And if I put it more to the left, would we have gone through?

“I was involved in the first penalty where I flicked it to Bukayo. And the second one, when I put the pass behind to Mason.

“And I always think, what if I’d just put it on Mason’s toe and he went and scored, and then there would have been no second penalty.

“You overthink things, but I think you come to terms with it quickly because you can’t change it whether you like it or not.”

Bellingham nonetheless stated he couldn’t be dissatisfied with the facet’s robust efficiency on the competitors as they proceed to seek for a primary main trophy since 1966.

“Then you’re on the plane home and you think, we gave everything,” he stated.

“We had a tournament that the country can be proud of. We put up a really strong fight against one of the best teams in the world.

“We went out narrowly and you learn to kind of use it as ammunition for the next ones.

“Had we beaten France and gone through, who knows what can happen, but it’s all ifs now.”

Bellingham, who at one level was the one Dortmund participant to have featured each minute for the facet this season, stated he was drained after the World Cup however he was hungry for the season to start out once more.

“After the World Cup, I was just drained physically. And I said to myself, I want to have a nice long rest,” he stated.

“But then about two weeks into it, I thought, nah, nah, I need to go back in and get to work and finally be back.

“It’s really hard when you’ve got all the other leagues playing and you’re watching on TV and just think, I can’t wait to get back to it.”

Borussia Dortmund, which sits in sixth place within the Bundesliga, restarts its season on January 22 at house in opposition to Augsburg.

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