Gary Lineker and Roy Keane make Jude Bellingham point ahead of England's Euro 2024 campaign

Jude Bellingham gestures during the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.
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Gary Lineker believes that former Birmingham City star Jude Bellingham will be a crucial asset for Gareth Southgate's England squad at Euro 2024, with Roy Keane also lauding the Real Madrid ace.

Bellingham is set to enter the Euros having won both LaLiga and the Champions League titles with Real Madrid, where he has been making waves since his move last summer. An excited Lineker anticipates an impressive performance from the young midfielder, predicting a gleaming future for England.

He also expressed that he would be "absolutely shocked" if England doesn't secure a major tournament victory in the upcoming decade.

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"Jude is one of the best players in the world right now now and he is still only 20," Lineker expressed about Bellingham.

"He is incredible. He has bossed Real Madrid and has been their leader this season. He is going to be very important to Gareth and England in the summer. If he shines England will shine.", reports the Mirror.

"I think England are quite rightly the favourites this time around. We often are but probably not deserving to but with this crop of young players I am very confident we will win something."

"Whether it is this tournament it could be because we will have every chance but I think we will be very competitive in the the next four or five tournaments. I'll be absolutely shocked if we don't win at least one of them with this crop of players."

Keane, set to be an ITV pundit at the Euros this summer, lavished praise on Bellingham and his England colleagues Harry Kane and Phil Foden. The ex-Manchester United star believes England could go head-to-head with France for the title, remarking: "There's always expectations around England, they'll be thinking, can their main guys turn up, Bellingham, Foden, Kane? ".

"The season these lads are having, if you're in England's camp you'd think you must have a great chance. With Germany, the first game against Scotland is in Berlin and in any tournament we've ever covered, the home team does well - it definitely brings a different energy to the competition."

"But I've always enjoyed watching teams like France and Spain, obviously Spain always turn up, I know there's doubts about scoring enough goals and having that real nastiness, I suppose. But I love watching Spain, just with their domination of possession. Have they got that extra bit to get over the line? That's the million dollar question. And I always enjoy watching Portugal, I always think Portugal bring an attacking way of playing but I think at the back might be a problem for them."

Bellingham had reason to celebrate as he called Saturday the "best night of my life" following his Champions League triumph with a 2-0 win at Wembley against Borussia Dortmund.

The 20 year old sensation, who made a significant move from Dortmund last summer, has admitted that his first season exceeded his wildest dreams, despite not being the star of the final. After Real Madrid clinched victory with goals from Dani Carvajal and Vinicius Junior, Bellingham shared with TNT Sports: "I've always dreamed of playing in these games," and "You go through life and there are so many people who say you can't do things and days like today remind you why."

"It gets hard at times and you wonder whether it's worth it but nights like tonight make you realise. I was all right until I saw my mum and dad's face. I can't put it into words. The best night of my life."

Reflecting on the season, he added, "I think it has to be up there as the perfect season. We missed out on the Copa del Rey, which is the disappointment, but I couldn't have dreamed of a better season than this. I just can't believe it."

Walkers ambassador Gary Lineker was speaking after revealing the winners of the No Walkers, No Game competition at the Champions League final