The chances of Jude Bellingham being called up for the England World Cup qualifiers look to be extremely doubtful, with Germany's COVID-19 restrictions appearing to be a blockade.
The midfielder looked set to be selected in Gareth Southgate’s squad for this month’s World Cup qualifiers against Albania, Poland and San Marino but Dortmund were considering stopping Bellingham from attending on Tuesday night 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.
Bellingham is England’s third youngest ever player, and has been impressing in the Bundesliga and the Champions League at just 17-years-old, catching the eye of those from the England set-up.
But Dortmund have said none of their players will be allowed to travel with their country if it means they cannot train and play for their club upon their return.
Southgate is currently hoping the rules for quarantine change in Germany in the next few days before selection so he can pick Bellingham but it is looking increasingly doubtful.
One of the options being explored by the FA included fielding the talented central midfielder solely in the game in Albania, therefore avoiding any trip to the UK, however, that option appears to have been scratched out too.
Southgate views Bellingham as somebody who can be the future of the England midfield and is keen to provide him with as much experience as possible and to help develop his game at an international level, something that could be stunted if unable to travel with England.
England kick-off their campaign in search of World Cup football at home to San Marino on Thursday March 25 before facing Albania away (March 28) and then Poland at Wembley on March 31.
Author: Abraham Adebayo