Jude Bellingham put his club captain on his backside and invented his celebration at 16 years old - he may be criticised for his attitude but it's BECAUSE of that steely self-belief that the England star is so good

England star Jude Bellingham
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In a lacklustre and risk-averse England team, Jude Bellingham unsurprisingly hasn’t been at his best this summer, but nobody has shown a willingness to seize the moment quite like him.

He scored the thumping header that gave England their only win in normal time so far, saved them from an embarrassing exit with a sensational overhead kick, and calmly dispatched his penalty in the shootout against Switzerland. Bellingham has come to the fore and delivered these vital contributions – because of his character as much as his ability. His supreme self-confidence and fierce competitive spirit have long stood out.

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Sean Cole

Sean Cole is a freelance journalist. He has written for FourFourTwo, BBC Sport and When Saturday Comes among others. A Birmingham City supporter and staunch Nikola Zigic advocate, he once scored a hat-trick at St. Andrew’s (in a half-time game). He also has far too many football shirts and spends far too much time reading the Wikipedia pages of obscure players.