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Jack Grealish hails 'scary' Jude Bellingham after impressive England performance

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Jack Grealish has hailed Jude Bellingham as the best teenager he's ever played with following the Borussia Dortmund midfielder's impressive showing in England's 3-0 win over Ivory Coast.

Bellingham was named man of the match at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday evening, even drawing comparisons to Steven Gerrard for his contributions from the number 10 role.

Speaking after the game to the press, England teammate Grealish was full of praise for Bellingham:

"I haven't actually [played with a teenager better]. It is scary how good he is at 18. He is just so mature. And he is built like he is my age at 26. He has so much technical ability and he is mature for is age."

Grealish also admitted that he was 'nowhere near as good at 18':

“I can tell you one thing, I was nowhere near as good at 18. I was at Notts County and I was a scrawny little thing as well.

“You see talented 18 or 19-year-old kids but not many are that mature as he is on the pitch. He is so versatile and can play in many different positions on the pitch.

“He can be a six, eight or a 10. It was good to play with him and I think it was my first time playing with him. It is nice to play with a fellow Brummie.”

Grealish could be set to face off against, or play with, Bellingham a bit more regularly next season as the youngster has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League.

Speaking this week, England manager Gareth Southgate was keen to state that Bellingham would benefit from such a move:

"The league [Bundesliga] is definitely a brilliant league for young players and coaches to develop but of course the standard of the Premier League is undoubtedly higher, I think we see that in the European competitions.

"Our top teams are going to be right at the end of the Champions League every year, the financial power of our league is blowing everyone else out of the water so our big teams are going to be the main players in those competitions as they have been in the last years really."

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