Jude Bellingham is now Henderson’s worst nightmare – he must start at World Cup

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They might be England team-mates, but Jude Bellingham has turned into Jordan Henderson's worst nightmare.

That's because Bellingham, 19, is now the future of the Three Lions, while Henderson, 32, is the past. Liverpool captain Henderson is an impressive bloke who has given so much to England, winning 69 caps while leading from the front both on and off the pitch whenever he's been asked to.

He would never let anyone down. But the midfielder is now 32 and will know in his heart of hearts that in Bellingham, England boss Gareth Southgate now has more than an ideal replacement for him in the engine room of his side.

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Bellingham was sensational in Borussia Dortmund's defeat to Manchester City in the Champions League this week, producing the sort of mature and commending performance that makes it almost impossible to fathom he's still just 19.

There has been a debate about whether he should be in the World Cup squad for Qatar 2022., which is now looking quite ridiculous.

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He should be in the team for the opening group game against Iran on November 20, irrespective of whose place in the side he takes.

In a couple of years' time, he will be regarded as the best midfielder in the world – and Southgate is very lucky to have him.

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