Jude Bellingham’s England call-up in doubt with Borussia Dortmund BLOCKING teenager’s travel due to Germany’s coronavirus restrictions
Jude Bellingham’s spot in Thursday’s England squad is reportedly under threat as Borussia Dortmund are reluctant to release him due to Germany’s strict coronavirus restrictions.
The teenager was set to be selected in Gareth Southgate’s squad for this month’s World Cup qualifiers against Albania, Poland and San Marino.
However, due to concerns that he will have to quarantine for 14 days upon his return and miss crucial matches including the Champions League quarter-final, it is understood Dortmund are considering blocking him from travelling for the three matches.
The FA are believed to have received clearance to select the 17-year-old but, according to the Guardian, Dortmund have informed England they are now reluctant to release him.
Dortmund’s reluctance to let Bellingham leave for international duty will provide another headache for Gareth Southgate, with first choice goalkeeper Jordan Pickford earlier ruled out of the three qualifiers with a muscle injury.
The Three Lions’ established number one was forced off just before half-time of Saturday’s surprise 2-1 loss to Burnley in the Premier League.
Pickford underwent a scan on Monday and Everton have now confirmed he will miss this month’s England triple header ‘after sustaining an injury to his oblique abdominal muscle’.
The 30-cap goalkeeper was a key part of the side that went onto reach the World Cup semi-finals in 2018 and will be absent as Southgate’s men kick off their qualification campaign for Qatar 2022.