AS Roma manager Jose Mourinho believes that England will build their future midfield around Jude Bellingham.
The Borrusia Dortmund star was part of the England Euro 2020 squad but found it hard to cement a place in the starting team owing to the performances of Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips.
While Bellingham had a few appearances in the tournament, Mourinho believes he is the future of the English midfield.
"Kalvin Phillips and Rice were always there — or Jordan Henderson for Rice — but Bellingham is for when you need more than that. If you want two positional players recovering balls and keeping it simple, that's Rice and Phillips.
"Bellingham offers more and you can develop different styles in qualification matches where the level of the opposition is completely different.
"In another 16 months, at the next World Cup, Bellingham, 18, will have had many more matches in the Bundesliga and Champions League, more training sessions with the German way of doing things at Borussia Dortmund. He will be stronger and faster and more mature.
"There are always transitions between tournaments and, for England, Bellingham is one of these guys that has a different level," Mourinho told The Times.
A devastating end to a journey we can be very proud of. Very grateful to have been given the experience to share a pitch and changing room with such a great group of players and people. Thank you for your incredible support over the past few weeks.🏴 pic.twitter.com/ITZe7ujAoZ— Jude Bellingham (@BellinghamJude) July 12, 2021