2022-11-25 07:25:16

Jude Bellinghams hometown proud of the lad who practised so much he wore the grass out

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The Independent
By Zoe Tidman

As Englands teenage football hero Jude Bellingham returns to the pitch in Qatar on Friday, friends and neighbours in his hometown of Stourbridge in the West Midlands are bursting with pride.

And none more so than his former primary school caretaker, who used to fetch the players lost ball down from the roof when he was a boy.

It seemed to be a daily occurrence, Mark Williams tells The Independent. You could tell then he was quite a good little footballer and he was destined to be.

He did seem to do that more than any other child. It became a joke. Every day the ladders were out. I kept them on standby because of that reason.

He adds: He was a very pleasant lad. He always asked you to get the ball down nicely.

Bellingham, 19, scored the opening goal for England as the team kicked off the Qatar World Cup with a 6-2 win against Iran this week.

This made the midfielder only the second teenager after Michael Owen to score for the Three Lions at a World Cup.

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