Real Madrid midfielder Bellingham, 20, won the penalty that helped England equalize after going behind, then provided a remarkable assist for Marcus Rashford as Gareth Southgate’s side won 3 -1, thereby winning a spot in EURO 2024.
In the post-match interview, Zola said: “I have to say, this made me laugh. At 20 years old I was still breastfeeding!”
This comment made Bellingham, Zola, Cole and Scott laugh. Zola added about his time as coach of Birmingham City from 2016 to 2017: “Jude, let me ask you… Where were you when I was in Birmingham? I will use you when you are 12 years old!”
Zola spoke seriously: “When England were 1-0 down, he was very resilient. He was always looking for something. He created the penalty, he created the assist.” .”
“I’m very impressed. The way he speaks is one thing. The things he says are always very balanced and very calm. He says he loves football, he likes to learn, these are things you want to hear from talented young players.”
Thanh Vu | 11:07 October 18, 2023