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Bellingham hits back at England critics after dramatic win over Slovakia

England star Jude Bellingham has hit back at his critics after his last-minute goal saved the Three Lions from a shock Euro 2024 exit.

England eliminated Slovakia to reach the Euro 2024 quarter-finals after a 2-1 win in extra time on Sunday. Jude Bellingham scored a last-minute overhead kick to level the game and then Harry Kane scored the winner in extra time.

After the match, the 21-year-old Bellingham insists he is determined to silence England’s critics.

He said: “Playing for England should be one of the proudest moments of a footballer’s career, but at times it is quite difficult, you know?

There’s a really intense pressure. The fans expect a lot from us, regardless of what happened in recent tournaments or years and years ago. People talk a lot – and I think you do have to take it personally a little bit. Sometimes it doesn’t go well and sometimes it feels like there’s a bit of a pile-on.

It’s not nice to hear – but you can always use it. After moments like that, it’s always nice to throw something back to some people, I suppose. Playing for England is an enjoyable feeling but there’s also a lot of pressure because you hear people talk a lot of rubbish.

Football, being on the pitch, scoring goals and celebrating is my release – and it was maybe a message to a few people. It was a very happy moment.”

‘It’s one of the most important moments of my career’

Real Madrid star believes his stunning overhead kick is one of the most important moments of his career.

Bellingham told reporters: “It’s got to be up there, hasn’t it?

There’s a few nice ones, goals that mean a lot to me personally like my first goals for Birmingham, Dortmund, Madrid. But this was a feeling like no other.

“In international football, knock-out football, it’s the worst feeling when you are no more than 30 seconds from going home and having to listen to all the rubbish. You feel like you’ve let a nation of people down and 30 seconds later, with one kick of the ball, everything can change.

“It’s 20 or 30 seconds until we’re out of the European Championship. It’s hard to deny that it’s one of the most important moments of my career so far. It’s still a long tournament and it is only really very important if we go on to win the cup. So we’ll decide in the next two weeks how important it is.”

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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