Borussia Dortmund boss Marco Rose responds to Jude Bellingham’s England omission

Marco Rose says Gareth Southgate and co’s decision to leave Jude Bellingham out of the latest England squad is “very smart” due to the 18-year-old’s immense workload

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Borussia Dortmund manager Marco Rose has responded to Jude Bellingham being omitted from the latest England squad, labelling it a “very smart decision.”

Gareth Southgate opted not to call the 18-year-old up for the October internationals due to his immense workload at such a young age, having signed from boyhood club Birmingham City in July 2020.

Bellingham is already a key player for Dortmund and established himself in the Three Lions’ squad at the European Championships, but will not face Andorra or Hungary this month in World Cup qualifiers.

“He always wants to play but it was a good decision by the England coach not to nominate him,” Rose explained of the box-to-box midfielder, who has two goals and two assists to his name this season.

Bellingham has been left out of England’s squad for the October internationals


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“The last weeks and months have been intense. We have to take care of the boys, the decision is very smart.”

Manchester United starlet Mason Greenwood was also left out for the same reason.

On Thursday, Southgate was quizzed on the two teenagers’ omissions and said: “They don’t come as a pair but they are both similar situations in that they are young players with a heavy load at the moment.

“I’ve spoken with both of the players. Jude at the moment has a high level of matches. He’s playing Champions League games, he’s playing league games. As an 18-year-old he had a full season last season then into a European Championship so no break,” the England boss noted.

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Bellingham has made himself a regular Dortmund despite his young age

Greenwood and Bellingham’s youth is evidently why they will not be representing their nation, who could qualify for Qatar 2022 in the next fortnight if results in Group I go their way.

“We have to remember these lads are physically growing,” Southgate continued to elaborate on his thinking.

“When we are talking about young player development, we have to be careful how we handle them and make sure that they are two players we feel can be really exciting players for England for the future.

“We don’t want to overload them and we’ve got to be making sure we make the right decisions. They’re very much decisions that have been taken with me having conversations with the players and their families rather than any sort of deal with the club.

“Both clubs we have very good relationships with and we have spoken to about the situations. It’s not a deal with the club, it’s very much us looking at young players,” he added.

“It’s not a case that we don’t think the players deserve to be in the squad. We’d be picking them if we didn’t have those longer term aims and ambitions in mind, I think.”

Bellingham, who was subject to racial abuse the last time the Three Lions faced Hungary, is set to start for Dortmund on Saturday when the Bundesliga side host strugglers Augsburg.

Rose will, however, be without star striker Erling Haaland as BVB look to close the gap with Bayern Munich – who play Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday – at the top of the table to just one point with a win at the Signal Iduna Park.

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