Ian Wright takes swipe at Borussia Dortmund over Jude Bellingham decision

Jude Bellingham was left out of the England squad this week with Gareth Southgate worried about burning the youngster out but Ian Wright had a pointed swipe directed at Borussia Dortmund

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Ian Wright has told Borussia Dortmund to treat Jude Bellingham in the same manner as Gareth Southgate has done for England.

The 18-year-old was left out of the Three Lions squad this week against Andorra and Hungary in their World Cup qualifiers.

That is despite the youngster being more than worth a spot in the side after a terrific start to the season with Dortmund.

The former Birmingham ace made 29 appearances in the Bundesliga last year and has already got seven this campaign.

There is a worry that the teenager could be playing too much football amid concerns of a “burnout” and that has been the supposed reason for his absence from the England squad.

Jude Bellingham has been a revelation for Borussia Dortmund

And in the ITV studio, former Arsenal striker Wright told Dortmund they should rest Bellingham a bit or risk burdening the midfielder with too much too soon.

He said: “If you’re going to rest him for two games for England, if that’s what he needs and his team says he needs that around them then fine.

“He probably should be rested at club level as well.

“We’ve seen what’s happened with players like Rooney and Michael Owen these young players have played a lot of football in their teens if you’re going to rest him, rest him at club level as well.”

Bellingham has already attracted attention from some of the biggest clubs in the world, including Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool all taking a close look at the youngster.

But Southgate did not need him against Andorra on Saturday night after England made light work of the European minnows.

Jude Bellingham could be a staple in the England side for years

The Three Lions boss rotated his side and gave starts to the likes of Sam Johnstone, Conor Coady and Tammy Abraham as they ran out 5-0 winners.

Ben Chilwell opened the scoring with his first goal for England before Bukayo Saka doubled the lead after an exquisite pass from Phil Foden.

And the floodgates opened in the second-half with Abraham, James Ward-Prowse and substitute Jack Grealish bolstering the scoreline.

Southgate was full of praise for his side after coming through the match without showing an inkling of complacency.

He said: “The way the team went about the game, a very specific sort of challenge the low packed defence to break down.

“We picked a team with players in it that could take the challenge on.

“I think you saw that with the link play in midfield especially and I thought the application throughout was excellent.”

Ian Wright is never one to hide his emotions when it comes to England



“We know those types of defences, those diagonal runs from wide.

“Ben made it throughout the game, with Phil you know you can hit them as can Prowsey it was very much could we get between the lines, could we get wide, one vs one but those diagonal runs in behind were a real threat.”

“Very bright piece of play, I thought he made a great save from the play that was offside.

“Some nice moments there for Chilly to get a goal after such a tough time in the summer with us obviously Jack’s first goal as well, Tammy, Prowsey, Bukayo they’re all players who haven’t scored often so proud moments for them.”

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