Alan Shearer believes Jude Bellingham ‘wasn’t as happy’ during the second half as he was in the first during England’s 2-1 win over the Netherlands on Wednesday night.

The Three Lions booked their place in Sunday’s final after goals from Harry Kane and Ollie Watkins cancelled out an opener from Xavi Simons.


Bellingham played the entirety of the fixture, despite the England star picking up a yellow card.

He was seen with a big smile on his face at full time, with the 21-year-old joining in the celebrations with the rest of his team-mates in Dusseldorf.

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Euro 2024: Alan Shearer believes Jude Bellingham ‘wasn’t as happy’ during the second half as he was in the first during England’s 2-1 win over the Netherlands on Wednesday night

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But Shearer thinks Bellingham ‘wasn’t happy’ at being forced to play out wide during the clash.

“It was clear Jude Bellingham wasn’t as happy in the second half as he was in the first because he had to play on the left side of a back three, without much joy,” he told the Football Daily podcast.

Shearer then proceeded to hail Gareth Southgate for his substitutions.

Cole Palmer came on for Phil Foden, with the Chelsea star registering the assist for Watkins’ dramatic late winner.

And Watkins himself was brought on for Kane, who was suffering with a knock after being fouled by Denzel Dumfries earlier in the game.

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“I was wondering when the changes where going to happen – 20 minutes to go, 15 minutes to go?” the Newcastle icon added.

“It had to happen and the changes were right, the changes were perfect.

“One of those changes was Ollie Watkins. What a night for him and what a night for England.”

England have been hot and cold out in Germany so far.

However, if they beat Spain on Sunday, they’ll claim a first piece of major silverware since the World Cup in 1966.

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Bellingham is likely to start for England and can cap off a remarkable season for club and country by firing the Three Lions to glory.

Speaking after the win over the Netherlands, the former Borussia Dortmund and Birmingham star insisted everybody would give their all to make sure they bring the trophy home.

“We told you last time we live to fight another day,” he said.

“Another late goal, but it would be nice to score first and have that peace of mind.

“When they scored the first goal I didn’t think we were playing badly, it was a good finish to be fair.

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“I am really proud of the boys. The reaction, attitude and mentality.

“Quality is one thing, but those characteristics you cannot learn in training – you get it from experience and each other.

“Now it is one more game.

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Euro 2024: Jude Bellingham celebrates with Ollie Watkins after England’s dramatic win over the Netherlands

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“We are tired, it has been a long season, but this is one last push for our country and for history.”

England last faced Spain back in 2018.

They won 3-2 that night, with Raheem Sterling scoring twice and Marcus Rashford also on target in the Nations League clash.