Rio Ferdinand was astounded by Jude Bellingham’s honesty in his post-match interview after dictating England’s World Cup victory over Iran.

Speaking on the BBC after Gareth Southgate’s side smashed six past their opponents, Ferdinand applauded Bellingham’s maturity in assessing his own talents.

The 19-year-old allowed the entire planet to revel in his abilities earlier today.

He danced and jinked past the Iran players, delivered all manner of passes across the pitch, and even got a first senior international goal for his troubles.

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His looping header kick-started England’s emphatic win on their personal World Cup opening night.

Bellingham simply stunning for England

Everything about Bellingham’s display was pleasing on the eye.

“It’s just the way he was conducting at times. At times he’s at the edge of his box probing, times he’s deep setting it up from behind,” purred Ferdinand at full-time.

But perhaps what impressed the former Manchester United defender most was Bellingham’s words after he shone on the grandest footballing stage.

In his post-match media duties, Bellingham said he wanted to ‘score more goals for Dortmund and England’, as well as ‘being in the right position’ for such opportunities.

For a young man who seemingly has everything a football needs to succeed, this self-review is seriously admirable.

“For a young player to be looking at his game thinking he needs to add this and that at that age; he’s been playing the game for a couple of years. It’s ridiculous!” continued Ferdinand.

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“Normally you’re doing it at 23, 24 years old when you’ve found out what you’re good and what you’re not.”

It’s difficult to decipher what Bellingham is bad at.

He can run, tackle, dribble, control possession and is now being a threat in the final third.

Is it any wonder that Chelsea reportedly want to sign him?

Todd Boehly apparently wants to wrap up the teenager’s priceless signature before somebody else gets there first.

Boehly will have serious competition from all of Europe’s heavy hitters, especially after that dazzling display.

"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced 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. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."