Stourbridge boy Jude Bellingham leads England to quarter-final against France at Qatar World Cup

Jude Bellingham assists England's knockout stage opening goal in the World Cup. Credit: PA Images

Jude Bellingham, a teenager from Stourbridge, made it into the record books last night as the youngest player to assist in a World Cup knockout stage goal.

The 19-year-old's performance last night (Sunday) has led to teammates and former England professionals to make huge predictions about Bellingham's future - including that he is on track to become "one of the best mid-fielders in the World".

Huge football names such as Gary Lineker and Rio Ferdinand also took to social media to praise the Stourbridge-born teenager.

The former professional footballer tweeted a number of times during the games including calling the youngster "sensational", "superb" and "unbelievably good".

The England side flew through their first knockout game by securing a 3-0 victory against African champions, Senegal.

The young footballer from Stourbridge caught the nation's attention after he scored England's first goal in their World Cup opening match against Iran in Qatar.

The 19-year-old's header in the 34th minute saw Bellingham become the second-ever teenager on the England team to have scored a goal at a World Cup, after an 18-year-old Michael Owen in France in 1998.

But what else do we know about the former Blues player who is living up to his track record of being the "youngest ever" to break records throughout his football career so far.

Who is Jude Bellingham?

Bellingham was born on 29 June 2003 in Stourbridge and went to Priory School in Edgbaston.

Jude's dad, Mark, is a sergeant in West Midlands Police and was a prolific goalscorer in non-League football.

Jude's younger brother, Jobe, is a Birmingham City player.

A mural featuring Jude Bellingham near St Andrew's stadium in Birmingham Credit: PA Images

How did Jude Bellingham's football career start?

He played for Stourbridge as a child and then joined Birmingham City as an under-8.

How old was Jude Bellingham when he made his football debut?

Bellingham was 16-years-old and became Birmingham City's youngest ever player and goalscorer when he made his home debut in August 2019 - at the age of 16 years, 38 days.

He also played regularly during the 2019–20 season.

Jude Bellingham joined Birmingham City as an under-8 and made his first-team appearance in 2019 at 16-years-old Credit: PA Images

Why doesn't Jude Bellingham play for Birmingham anymore?

He joined German side Borussia Dortmund in July 2020 - and in his first competitive match became their youngest ever goalscorer!

It was reported that Borussia Dortmund paid £25million for Bellingham - which would make him the most expensive 17-year-old footballer in history.

When did Jude Bellingham make his first senior appearance for England?

He was called up to the England senior squad in November 2020, after James Ward-Prowse and Trent Alexander-Arnold withdrew through injury.

He made his debut in a friendly against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley on 12 November 2020.

At 17 years, 136 days, he became England's third-youngest full international; only Theo Walcott and Wayne Rooney had appeared at a younger age.

When did Jude Bellingham last play for England?

He was named in the England squad for the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament, which was delayed until June 2021 because of the Covid pandemic.

When he came on as a substitute in England's opening match, a 1–0 win over Croatia at Wembley - aged 17 years and 349 days - he became both the youngest Englishman to play at any major tournament and the youngest of any nationality to play at a European Championship.