Alan Shearer on England’s Euro 2024 ‘X-Factor’ that will have ‘massive impact’ on their chances in Germany

Inset picture of Alan Shearer holding the official Topps Euro 2024 sticker album Jude Bellingham of England (2R) celebrates with teammates Harry Kane, Declan Rice and Phil Foden after scoring the team's second goal during the 150th Anniversary Heritage Match between Scotland and England at Hampden Park on September 12, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland
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Alan Shearer watched the FA Cup Final high up in the gantry, co-commentating for the BBC, with numerous England internationals on the pitch below. 

But while the likes of Kobbie Mainoo and Phil Foden have had the best seasons of their young careers, and are expected to play key roles for their country in Germany, Shearer believes another young Englishman who wasn’t involved in the final game of the English domestic season holds the key to the Three Lions’ success on the pitch this summer.

The Wembley Stadium stage will be Jude Bellingham’s this Saturday evening when Real Madrid aim to lift their 16th European Cup.

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Matthew Ketchell
Deputy Editor

A former goalkeeper, Ketch joined FourFourTwo as Deputy Editor in 2022 having worked across ChronicleLive, LeedsLive, Hull Daily Mail, YorkshireLive, Teesside Gazette and the Huddersfield Examiner as a Northern Football Editor. Prior to that he was the Senior Writer at BBC Match of the Day magazine. He has interviewed the likes of Harry Kane, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gareth Southgate and attended two World Cup finals and two Champions League finals. He has been a Newcastle United season ticket holder since 2000 and has a deep knowledge on the history and culture of football shirts.