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England inclusion in doubt for Bellingham following Covid rule change

Jude Bellingham may be unable to be called up by England for this month’s World Cup qualifiers, following a change in Covid-19 rules in Germany.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder is expected to be included in the senior side for the upcoming international break, having been left out of the England U-21 squad for the European Championships later this month.

Bellingham has impressed following a move from Birmingham City to Dortmund last summer, making 35 appearances in all competitions and playing a prominent role in the German side’s progress to the Champions League quarter-finals.

The 17-year-old became the third-youngest player to represent England when making his senior debut in a friendly against the Republic of Ireland in November, though may be unable to feature in fixtures against San Marino, Albania and Poland later this month.

According to Sky Sports, a change in Covid rules in Germany means that Bellingham would have to isolate for 14 days upon his return from international duty, with Dortmund unwilling to release the player if he is forced into a period on the sidelines.

The news will come as a blow to Gareth Southgate who will have wanted to take a closer look at the midfielder ahead of this summer’s European Championships, Bellingham having handled the step up from the Championship to the Champions League admirably this season.

Southgate also faces a decision on his goalkeeping situation with Jordan Pickford to miss the qualifiers, West Brom’s Sam Johnstone in consideration for a maiden England call.

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