Hometown pride for ‘lovely’ Jude Bellingham who practiced so hard he wore grass

As England teen football hero Jude Bellingham returns to the pitch Queue On Friday, friends and neighbors in her hometown sturbridge Bursting with pride in the West Midlands.

None other than his former primary school caretaker, who brought the player’s lost ball down from the terrace when he was a boy.

“It appears to be a daily occurrence,” explains Mark Williams independent, “You could say he was quite a good footballer and he was bound to be.”

“It seems like he does it more than any other kid. It became a running joke. The stairs came out everyday. That’s why I had them on standby.”

He continues: “He was a very happy boy. He always used to tell you to bring the ball down well.

19-year-old Bellingham scored the opening goal for England The team made its Qatar World Cup debut 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 the World Cup.

Bellingham grew up in Hagley, a village near Stourbridge. He now lives in Germany, where he plays for Borussia Dortmund.

Back in the West Midlands, former neighbours, teachers and sports coaches always remember him as a youngster with his football.

“They set up targets, put down cones and played day and night,” recounts one person. independent.

The midfielder celebrates scoring England’s first goal of their time in Iran

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He also remembers that little patch of grass down the road sturbridgeThe West Midlands would look like this later.

The former neighbour, who did not wish to be named, would be left behind with “large bare spots”.

Sarah, who lives on the same quiet residential street where Bellingham’s family used to live, remembers him as a boy “knocking on doors and wanting to play football” with her son. He was always with his brother. They were always together,” she adds.

Bellingham grew up near the town of Stourbridge in the West Midlands.

(Zoe Tidman / The Independent)

Another woman says that Bellingham’s father, a retired police officer, was always “playing with ball” with her.

Another neighbor says of a young Bellingham, “He didn’t do anything else but play football.”

His prior year 2 teachers agree. “He was a really lovely guy. Really genuine. Really adorable. Extremely polite and courteous,” explains Susan Shackleton, who also worked at Hagley Primary School. independent,

“He was really dedicated to everything, not just his sport and football. He was well motivated in all areas of the course and worked hard with everything he did.

Susan Shackleton taught Bellingham at primary school

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Then again, he remembers a lot of football. “You would see him at every game, at lunchtime, playing football with his friends on the playground.”

Mark Baker briefly taught Bellingham cricket, while the teenager was already playing football at the Birmingham City Academy.

“He came in and tried to bowl fast and hit the ball miles without really playing,” he explains independent, He is called “raw talent”. He recalls that the boy once dived to catch a ball in the air that most people wouldn’t bother with.

Bellingham may now be in Qatar for the World Cup and living in Germany – but his success still means a lot to the people of Stourbridge.

A mural for the 19-year-old footballer was also erected outside a shopping center next to a WHSmiths in the town earlier this year.

A Bellingham mural is painted outside a shopping center in Stourbridge

(Zoe Tidman / The Independent)

Clive Bucknall says he is “very pleased” to see the teenager in the England World Cup squad.

“I think most football fans in the Midlands would appreciate that he is a local lad. We don’t get much,” says the 75-year-old.

Lee Newman, who runs a record store in the town centre, says he believes Bellingham is “on his way to becoming the world’s greatest footballer… which is surprising, considering he is from Stourbridge”. “

Lee Newman says everyone in Stourbridge is proud of Bellingham

(Zoe Tidman / The Independent)

“Everyone seems really proud of him, even though we don’t know him,” says the 36-year-old. “It’s been a long time since I think Stourbridge has had anyone of that level, even at a national level. This guy is full of worlds.

Manchester United legend Duncan Edwards, from nearby Dudley in the Black Country, sadly died in the munich air crash In 1958.

“There’s a street named after that guy and everything,” says Mr. Newman of record culture. “At some point, you’re going to have to name Ring Road after Jude Bellingham or something like that.”

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