'Capable': Alan Shearer says reported Chelsea target can be like Billy Gilmour at Euro 2020

Alan Shearer felt Jude Bellingham could impact the European Championships in a similar manner to Chelsea gem Billy Gilmour.

Writing in his BBC Sport column, Shearer wanted to see Bellingham given the same chance with England that Gilmour has been afforded with Scotland.  

Chelsea’s recently turned 20-year-old shone during last Friday’s drab 0-0 draw at Wembley, in which was his first start for the national team.

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He was awarded the star of the match in a game that was lacking any real quality.


Fans of the midfielder from club and country have been crying out for him to be given an opportunity and he grabbed it with both hands.

Hey Jude

Watching on from the side-lines that night, whilst Gilmour was pulling the strings for Scotland, was Bellingham.

Borussia Dortmund’s teenager will have been desperate to prove his talents to the world stage, having made a brief cameo against Croatia on matchday one.

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Football could have been treated to a clash of Europe’s two most engaging youngsters, who may potentially become teammates in the future.

According to Goal, Chelsea have earmarked Bellingham as a long-term transfer target.

Shearer wants to see Bellingham

Although they failed to face each other, Shearer was desperate for the Dortmund ace to emulate Gilmour’s role in England’s final group fixture versus the Czech Republic.

“Young Billy Gilmour was the star of the show on Friday,” said the former Newcastle United striker.

“What a game to make your first senior start for your country in, and to put in a display like that for Scotland at Wembley speaks volumes about the player he is.

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“Jude Bellingham is capable of making the same impact in England’s midfield if he is given the chance and the 17-year-old is someone I would look to bring in now.”

Safe Southgate

Some would think bringing Bellingham would be a risk, especially as Gareth Southgate’s side are not mathematically through to the knockout stages yet.

And gambles are not something the England manager is particularly renowned for.

However, as Gilmour proved, if the player is capable and confident, then he deserves a shot at centre-stage.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.