JUDE BELLINGHAM warned England’s World Cup rivals: I’m the dog of war!
The teenage sensation is ready to show France his bite is worse than his bark as the Three Lions unleash him in Saturday’s quarter-finals.
Bellingham, 19, is now the most wanted midfielder in the world after his superb performances in Qatar – French giants Paris Saint-Germain expressed an interest last night.
And Borussia Dortmund star Bellingham said: “I go into the games knowing that each one is a war and you have to be ready for it.
“Once you have the dog, you’re just born with it. Growing up around football, you had to have that dog in you.
“It’s something I have. I’m a nice guy off the pitch, but something comes over me on the pitch.
“I have a feeling you don’t have any friends out there other than those who wear the same outfit.
“Anyone not wearing that – it’s not beef – but there’s something that’s personal.”
Prem top dogs Liverpool and Manchester City as well as Real Madrid are already chasing Bellingham.
But PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says they will join the race for the ex-Birmingham prodigy.
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Al-Khelaifi said: “Everyone wants him, I will not hide it. I respect him and his club. If we want to speak to him, we’ll speak to the club.
“He’s incredible, what a player. England are lucky to have him. He is one of the best players of the tournament.
“It’s his first World Cup and he’s calm, relaxed and confident.”
Bellingham opened the scoring in the 6-2 win over Iran and then set up Jordan Henderson in the Round of 16 triumph against Senegal.
After Henderson’s opener on Sunday, Bellingham grabbed the Liverpool captain in an “iconic” head-to-head celebration.
Bellingham said: “That was totally off the cuff. We spend a lot of time together, but it’s become somewhat iconic.
“Hopefully people will remember it for a long time.
“He’s always the loudest on the pitch, which I love. You know you’re in a game. He won’t let you switch off for a second.
“The best thing is that he gives you details to help you maybe after you’ve done something negative, but he also lets you know first when you’ve done something positive.
“Against Senegal he was incredible. Controlled the game, scored an important goal. It was a pleasure to play with him.”
England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, 28, says he and Henderson, 32, are barking orders for coming through Sunderland’s academy with Kevin Ball.
Pickford told the Lions’ Den: “You have Bally, our youth team manager, to blame for that.
“He brought us here today. That’s where we’re bred – in the north, different race.”
Pickford will be playing his 50th international match against the defending champions.
He said: “You have to enjoy these moments. They may not get another chance to beat France.
“And to beat them in the quarterfinals would be a tremendous achievement for the team.”
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