Jude Bellingham and Phil Foden got here to blows in the course of the Champions League tie between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund – sparking suggestions that there might be lasting tension between the pair. A rash challenge from Foden on Bellingham early in the sport set the tone for a feisty encounter and it has shown no sign of letting up since.
The latter reacted angrily to the overzealous challenge from Foden, pushing his international team-mate and exchanging words before the referee separated them. And it could appear that each one remains to be not right with the 2 players after a clumsy exchange at the ultimate whistle on the Etihad Stadium.
Footage circulated on social media appeared to indicate the England international duo involved in a wierd embrace. As each walked towards their opponents to shake hands, Foden and Bellingham met on the centre circle and neither gave the impression to be willing to let the argument die down.
Foden appeared to go for a hug with Bellingham by holding out his arms, but the sensation was not mutual as they almost collided with one another. As an alternative, Bellingham, 19, used his chest against 22-year-old Foden and nearly bumped the Man City starlet.
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Foden, seemingly unimpressed by his compatriot’s refusal to make up after the sport had finished, walked off looking unhappy and it’s unclear whether or not they later met to clear the air. Bellingham, meanwhile, shared a warm reunion together with his former team-mate Erling Haaland, who scored a surprising winner to make it 13 goals for the club this season already.
Bellingham had made an impression together with his overall display in Manchester and handed Dortmund the lead with a clever header that caught Ederson by surprise. But City showed their mettle to show the sport on its head with two outstanding goals, first a piledriver from John Stones after which Haaland’s high volley.
A possible rift between two of England’s brightest young talents would hand Gareth Southgate a clumsy scenario with the World Cup just over two months away.
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The Three Lions boss has named his squad for the UEFA Nations League matches with Germany and Italy on Thursday, with Bellingham and Foden included within the 26-man squad.
But it surely would resemble a dilemma for Southgate if the pair are unable to patch things up within the near future. The England manager was forced to take care of an identical incident previously between Joe Gomez and Raheem Sterling in 2019 after the pair became embroiled in a scrap within the canteen at St George’s Park.
Like Foden and Bellingham, the pair had been involved in several skirmishes while playing for his or her respective clubs and carried their dislike for each other into the international duty with England. And a repeat of that would find yourself with each players missing the tournament in the event that they are unable to sort the problem out.