Stuart Pearce explains why he’s worried about Bellingham after watching him vs Scotland
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Stuart Pearce has revealed his Jude Bellingham worry after watching him dazzle for England against Scotland on Tuesday.
Bellingham delivered a masterful performance at Hampden Park as he scored and grabbed an assist in his side's 3-1 victory.
He doubled England's lead following Phil Foden's opener then turned creator as he set up Harry Kane with a moment of magic.
His performance on the international stage continues his fine form this season, having bagged five goals in four La Liga matches for Real Madrid.
The 20-year-old's one blemish was a yellow card after getting involved in a tussle following Kalvin Phillips' challenge on Che Adams.
He picked up a caution after clashing with Jack Hendry and his reaction worried former Three Lions hero Pearce, who said there was no need for the superstar midfielder to get involved.
Pearce, who won 78 caps during his career, believes Bellingham risks receiving a suspension during a major tournament.
On talkSPORT, he said: "The one thing that worried me a little bit is Bellingham was quick to get involved in the pushing and shoving straight away and there’s no need for that.
"He likes a tackle and if you’re going to go into major tournaments liking a tackle and getting involved pushing and shoving, you’re going to soon find yourself out of the game."
Bellingham himself spoke to Channel 4 after his brilliant display in the middle of the park as he urged Gareth Southgate to give him the same role as Carlo Ancelotti does with the Spanish giants.
"I think today was close to it [his best position]," he said. "The team always comes first. I do my best to try to slot in and do what the gaffer wants from me.
"Tonight was probably a bit better suited than the weekend [laughs] but, erm, no hints to the gaffer! I really enjoyed playing in that position."