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England fans have been flocking to take selfies with a giant mural of Three Lions wonderkid Jude Bellingham that was painted on a wall outside his boyhood club, Birmingham City FC.

The 19-year-old midfielder is being hailed as England’s new golden boy after his stellar performance against Iran in which he scored on his World Cup debut.

Just 35 minutes into England’s World Cup opener, Bellingham drifted into the Iran box and nodded in the Three Lions’ first goal during a 6-2 rout, beautifully guiding a header past Iran’s substitute goalkeeper Seyed Hossein Hosseini.

And now, just days after England’s emphatic Group B win over Iran, fans have been travelling in their numbers to catch a glimpse of the stunning mural painted outside his former club’s stadium, St Andrew’s.

It was painted on a wall near the club shop after he moved from his boyhood club to Borussia Dortmund for £25million in 2020 in what was a world-record price for a 17-year-old.

The giant painting of England’s No 22 – a number which has come synonymous with Bellingham – includes the words ‘once a blue always a blue’ and sits next to a mural of another club legend, Trevor Francis. 

Birmingham City and England fan Dan Slater, from Solihull, West Midlands, was among those who travelled to the ground just to get a snap with the mural.

The father-of-one said: ‘I think he’ll go on to be the best player we have ever produced and he’s showing now what he’s all about.

England fans have been flocking to take selfies with a giant mural of Three Lions wonderkid Jude Bellingham (pictured) that was painted on a wall outside Birmingham City FC

England fans have been flocking to take selfies with a giant mural of Three Lions wonderkid Jude Bellingham (pictured) that was painted on a wall outside Birmingham City FC

The 19-year-old midfielder scored on his World Cup debut during England's 6-2 win against Iran on Monday. Pictured: Bellingham celebrates scoring with fellow midfielder Mason Mount

The 19-year-old midfielder scored on his World Cup debut during England’s 6-2 win against Iran on Monday. Pictured: Bellingham celebrates scoring with fellow midfielder Mason Mount

The giant painting of Bellingham includes the words'once a blue always a blue' and sits next to a mural of another club legend, Trevor Francis

The giant painting of Bellingham includes the words ‘once a blue always a blue’ and sits next to a mural of another club legend, Trevor Francis

‘We knew he was going to be a talent and now he is showing it on the world’s biggest stage. He’s just got everything and looks so mature on the pitch for this age.

‘I just had to get a picture because he’s already a Blues legend and he could easily go on to be an England legend now too.

‘The whole city is behind him, even Villa fans, and we are behind Jack Grealish too. As England fans its great to see local Brummie boys doing so well.

‘I think we could go all the way with the attacking talent we have and the tournament experience from the Euros and last World Cup, this could be our time.’

Meanwhile Bellingham said in a recent interview with the official England social media channel Lions Den that the Birmingham mural was the one that meant the most to him.

‘The one that everyone talks about and I love the most is the one at Birmingham next to Trevor Francis,’ he said.

‘I would have walked past that wall a hundred times while there was nothing on it.

‘Every time Blues play I’m getting tagged in pictures of kids standing in front of it saying: ‘This is Jude Bellingham.’

‘That’s the kind of feeling I’ve always wanted from football to inspire other people.

The mural was painted on a wall near the Birmingham City FC club shop after he moved from his boyhood club to Dortmund for £25million in 2020 in what was a world-record price for a 17-year-old

The mural was painted on a wall near the Birmingham City FC club shop after he moved from his boyhood club to Dortmund for £25million in 2020 in what was a world-record price for a 17-year-old

Bellingham playing for his boyhood club in July, 2020

The mural that was painted of Bellingham when he was sold to Borussia Dortmund

Bellingham’s impact during the 2019-20 season for Birmingham City FC (left) was so influential that the club even retired his number 22 shirt

‘It means so much to me, I can’t put into words how much Blues means to me, how much they’ve done and I’ve got to do as much as I can to represent the people that have made me.’

Bellingham became only the second teenager to score for England at the World Cup, following in the footsteps of Michael Owen – and the first player born after 2000 to score at the championships. 

England’s other young stars also made their mark in Qatar as Arsenal star Bukayo Saka scored twice and Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford scored just minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute. 

Raheem Sterling also continued his success in an England shirt with a delightful finish just before half-time. And fellow Brummie Jack Grealish – albeit having played on the other side of Birmingham for Aston Villa – made it six in stoppage time. 

Before the Dortmund star jetted across to the Bundesliga, he started his career off at Birmingham City where he was adored by Blues fans.

Bellingham is the only player in the England squad who plays outside of the country. Pictured: Bellingham playing for his home club Borussia Dortmund

Bellingham is the only player in the England squad who plays outside of the country. Pictured: Bellingham playing for his home club Borussia Dortmund

Bellingham is being hailed as England's new golden boy after a memorable performance against Iran

Bellingham is being hailed as England’s new golden boy after a memorable performance against Iran

Bellingham climbed the ranks having joined Birmingham City at an under 8 level and he would later go on to become the club’s youngest ever first-team player, making his debut in August 2019, aged just 16.

His impact during the 2019-20 season was so influential that the club even retired his number 22 shirt.

Bellingham might have been Birmingham City’s secret but now, his name is known by football fans across the world as he makes his mark on the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The midfielder would have been just 14 years of age when England last competed in a World Cup in Russia in 2018.

Bellingham has been praised not only for his phenomenal ability but his maturity and articulate nature when dealing with the media.

He will be gearing up for England’s second group stage match against USA which kicks off tomorrow night.

Southgate is unlikely to make too many changes from England’s dominant display so it would not be a surprise to see the young star line up once again with Declan Rice and Mason Mount in midfield.

If the midfielder carries on his rich vein of form for club and country, it will be a tournament to remember and the first of many to come. 

The England star is the son of Mark Bellingham, now 46, who scored more than 700 goals in around 900 appearances for local Birmingham clubs while juggling life as a police sergeant too.

The Bellingham genes are clearly made for football with Jude’s brother Jobe also breaking through into the Birmingham City FC side.

At 16 years and 107 days, Jobe Bellingham became City’s second youngest debutant, narrowly missing out on his brother’s record. 

Police sergeant’s son who is England’s golden boy: Wonderkid Jude Bellingham, 19, owes his love of football to his ‘non-league Cristiano Ronaldo’ father (and his brother is pretty good too)

By Tom Cotteril For MailOnline and Andy Dolan For The Daily Mail 

He is the youngest member of Gareth Southgate‘s England squad for the Qatar World Cup.

But at 19, Jude Bellingham has blasted into the World Cup stage, bagging his first international goal of the Three Lions’ campaign in the Middle East.

In stunning fashion, the teenage superstar glided a goal past the Iranian keeper, with an impressive header into the top corner.  

He became only the second teenager to score for England at the World Cup, following in the footsteps of Michael Owen – and the first player born after 2000 to bag a goal at the championships.   

It was the perfect start for Southgate’s squad and for Bellingham, who as a boy dreamt of playing at the World Cup.  

The teenager was described as'outrageous' by pundits following his opening display against Iran on the first day of England's World Cup campaign. Jude is pictured on holiday

The teenager was described as ‘outrageous’ by pundits following his opening display against Iran on the first day of England’s World Cup campaign. Jude is pictured on holiday

Hey Jude! Bellingham makes a stunning World Cup debut - bagging both his first goal for England and the Three Lions' opening one in the tournament in Qatar

Hey Jude! Bellingham makes a stunning World Cup debut – bagging both his first goal for England and the Three Lions’ opening one in the tournament in Qatar

Bellingham became only the second teenager in English history to score in the World Cup, following in the footsteps of Michael Owen

Bellingham became only the second teenager in English history to score in the World Cup, following in the footsteps of Michael Owen

Bellingham senior (middle) juggled stints at clubs including Leamington, Stourbridge and Sutton Coldfield Town with his day job as a sergeant with West Midlands Police

Bellingham senior (middle) juggled stints at clubs including Leamington, Stourbridge and Sutton Coldfield Town with his day job as a sergeant with West Midlands Police

Close family: Jude Bellingham, left, with mother Denise, father Mark and younger brother, Jobe Bellingham

Close family: Jude Bellingham, left, with mother Denise, father Mark and younger brother, Jobe Bellingham

'Grounded': Jude pictured with his loving mother, Denise, who took him to watch his father play football. He says she is what keeps him grounded with his footballing superstardom

‘Grounded’: Jude pictured with his loving mother, Denise, who took him to watch his father play football. He says she is what keeps him grounded with his footballing superstardom

The teenage midfielder, who set a world record for a 17-year-old when he moved from boyhood club Birmingham City to Borussia Dortmund for £22.5million in 2020, is coveted by several top Premier League sides.

But he owes his love of football to a star of the lower reaches of the game – his father.

Mark Bellingham, now 46, scored more than 700 goals in around 900 appearances, making him a sort of non-league Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Bellingham senior juggled stints at clubs including Leamington, Stourbridge and Sutton Coldfield Town with his day job as a sergeant with West Midlands Police.

In his pomp, he earned only around £200 a week from football. His son takes home around £2.5million a year in Germany and would more than triple that with a move to an English club or to Spain – Real Madrid are said to be interested in signing him next summer.

And although Jude admitted he later grew to idolising the likes of Wayne Rooney, it was Bellingham senior’s action on the pitch that made him Jude’s first footballing hero.   

‘We talk about footballing heroes, and my dad was like my first,’ Jude told The FA in an interview. 

‘When you go and watch him play every week in non-League, you know it’s not the Premier League or anything, but seeing the way that he played and the atmosphere, it made me fall in love with football so he was probably my first hero.

Young and ambitious: Jude Bellingham as a lad pictured in his football kit

Young and ambitious: Jude Bellingham as a lad pictured in his football kit

Jude Bellingham owes his love of football to a star of the lower reaches of the game ¿ his father, Mark Bellingham. Pictured: Jude, aged 16, with his parents Mark and Denise and his brother

Jude Bellingham owes his love of football to a star of the lower reaches of the game – his father, Mark Bellingham. Pictured: Jude, aged 16, with his parents Mark and Denise and his brother

Jetting in style: Jude cuts a classy figure in his baby pink outfit as he flies on a private jet

Jetting in style: Jude cuts a classy figure in his baby pink outfit as he flies on a private jet

‘After the first few times of going, I’d start to pay a bit more attention to the games and stuff, the atmosphere and he’s scoring goals so you see him celebrating and stuff like that – you want that to be me.

‘Growing up, he’d always give me tips on what I could do and now it gets to a certain age and it sort of flips and that’s brilliant because we have that sort of relationship like father and son and then as I got older, like coach and player.’

Jude broke into the England side ahead of last year’s Covid-delayed Euro 2020 championships, making history as the tournament’s youngest-ever player, and is now a regular first choice. His brother Jobe, 17, is also a professional on Birmingham City’s books.

Their father hung up his boots at the age of 41 in 2017 and is believed to have retired from the police. He declines to discuss his son’s achievements. 

Jude told The Guardian in 2020 how his mother Denise took him to watch his father play: ‘It’s where I started to get that love for football. I think you can see in the way I play that I’ve watched the game from a young age. 

‘That non-league style of toughness and being gritty when you need to be… I do think that comes from watching my dad play – even though he never tackled!’ 

Leamington FC chairman Jim Scott described Jude’s father as a ‘goal machine’, adding: ‘He was in great demand, a good player who was extremely dedicated, particularly when you consider his demanding career. [He] could have played at a higher level. You can see where Jude gets his talent from.’

Jude, who plays his club football with Borussia Dortmund, says his mother Denise stays with him in Germany where she keeps him ‘grounded’.  

Chilling in the pool, Jude looks as relaxed as can be ahead of his World Cup debut for England in Qatar this year

Chilling in the pool, Jude looks as relaxed as can be ahead of his World Cup debut for England in Qatar this year 

As cool off the pitch as he is on it, Jude Bellingham shows off his style in this sophisticated grey suit and turtleneck during a visit to a tailors in Dortmund, Germany

As cool off the pitch as he is on it, Jude Bellingham shows off his style in this sophisticated grey suit and turtleneck during a visit to a tailors in Dortmund, Germany

And Jude's younger brother, Jobe, is a pretty nifty football player too, having made his England under-18 debut in September, being named player of the tournament in Spain

And Jude’s younger brother, Jobe, is a pretty nifty football player too, having made his England under-18 debut in September, being named player of the tournament in Spain

Even with the future King Prince William, Bellingham looks composed as he receives his England shirt from the Prince of Wales earlier this month

Even with the future King Prince William, Bellingham looks composed as he receives his England shirt from the Prince of Wales earlier this month

‘My mum keeps me grounded, she’s always there for me and I can’t thank her enough for everything she’s done for me,’ he added during an interview with The FA in May 2021.  

Despite his multi-million pound contract, Jude has tried to downplay his prowess. 

He told NLP in 2016: ‘I’ve always said I’m not that great a player. I think I owe my team-mates over the years a lot more than they owe me.’

Ahead of heading to Qatar for his first World Cup, Bellingham opened up about which of England’s former heroes he was using for inspiration – pointing to former captain and Liverpool legend, Steven Gerrard. 

‘Gerrard was probably my biggest one,’ he told BBC Sport. ‘The character he has besides football is world-class, and then you add on his ability – it’s a joke.’

And Gerrard was full of praise for the youngster, predicting the teenager would be ‘one to watch’ at this year’s World Cup.  

‘I’ll be focusing my attention on England,’ he said, reported the Liverpool Echo. ‘I’m really excited to watch Jude Bellingham, I’m a massive fan of him. I think the next 10 or 15 years, he’s going to become an England superstar.’ 

Speaking after England’s 6-2 victory against Iran, former England heroes Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand were also full of praise for the young star. 

Jude Bellingham was hailed as a'fabulous footballer' by former England star, Rio Ferdinand after the 19-year-old's performance in Qatar on Monday

Jude Bellingham was hailed as a ‘fabulous footballer’ by former England star, Rio Ferdinand after the 19-year-old’s performance in Qatar on Monday 

Jude became only the second English teenager to score, following in the footsteps of Michael Owen (pictured) who was 18 when he scored against Argentina in 1998

Jude became only the second English teenager to score, following in the footsteps of Michael Owen (pictured) who was 18 when he scored against Argentina in 1998

And that was the moment Jude announced his stunning first goal for England, as he charges away in celebration after watching his header beat the goalkeeper

And that was the moment Jude announced his stunning first goal for England, as he charges away in celebration after watching his header beat the goalkeeper

Alan, who was awarded 63 caps and scored 30 times, said: ‘It was a really, really impressive performance. The young boy – can we call him that? He’s not really now, he’s a man isn’t he? Bellingham, oh my word, what a performance. Incredible.’

Rio was stunned by Bellingham’s confidence and composure on and off the pitch and told Gary Lineker on BBC Sport: ‘The authority that he plays with out on the pitch goes well beyond his years. 

‘He’s a fabulous footballer but delivering at a World Cup like that, at that age – we talk about the great midfielders we’ve played with and we’ve seen in England in our generation and even maybe yours, none of them were doing what he is doing at this age, on this stage. I’m not saying he’s better or will be as good as all of them but at this age none of them were doing what he is doing and it is fabulous to see.’

Bellingham even features in football game, FIFA 23 – a fact he celebrated in a post on his Instagram earlier this year. 

And his younger brother, too, looks like he could be following in his footsteps, having made his England debut earlier this year.  

In September, Jobe Bellingham received his first call-up to play for England under-18s at the Pinatar Tournament in Spain and was awarded player tournament. 



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