England midfielder Judd Bellingham admitted he was delighted to open his account with the Three Lions in their 6-2 victory over Iran on Monday.
The 19-year-old became only the second teenager in England’s history to score in a World Cup, following in the footsteps of Michael Owen, as he led the Three Lions home after an excellent cross from Luke Shaw.
It was Bellingham’s tenth goal of the season for club and country, and after the match, he admitted adding more goals was a key part of his plans for the current campaign.
“I told you I was saving him [scoring his first for England]! It was a really good day for us. I think six goals in World Cup game He’s really impressive no matter who you’re playing against.” BBC Sport.
“They did really well, they were really strong, it was difficult for them to break down, we didn’t have anything clear for a while. With more goals we opened them up. The start was difficult and we had to explore it, even when we didn’t get everything our way.” It’s important to learn how to create chances against this kind of side but we’re disappointed with both goals to be honest.”
Of his goal, Bellingham added: “I thought I had missed it! It took me so long to get into the goal. I wanted to try and score more goals for Dortmund and England. To get into the right position, it was a great ball and I was just there to get it wide. It’s a really proud moment.” For me “.
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With three points to their credits, England now head into their next two matches against Wales and the USA in good stead as they look to book a place in the knockout stages.
“The manager just said ‘enjoy the wins’ because it would have been a completely different reaction if we hadn’t had that result,” Bellingham revealed. “But we have to prepare for the next game and realize that it will be a different challenge.
“When you win matches, you feel comfortable for a little bit longer and know there is more [pressure] You have to go through the next two stages but we will stay at the same level and try to get two more wins because that is how we want to continue our mentality for the rest of the championship.”