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Official: Jude Bellingham starts for England vs Switzerland | UEFA Euro 2024

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Real Madrid talisman Jude Bellingham starts for England as they get set to take on Switzerland in the third quarterfinals of the UEFA Euro 2024.

Bellingham, 21, has been England’s ray of hope in a bleak tournament thus far, scoring two pivotal goals, including a stoppage-time equaliser in the Round of 16 against Slovakia.

As such, all eyes will once again be on him to deliver for the Three Lions when they step onto the field at the Merkur-Spiel Arena in Dusseldorf to face Switzerland.

There will be a change of role of sorts for Bellingham today though as England manager Gareth Southgate has tweaked his team’s formation.

With the Three Lions lining up in a 3-4-2-1 setup for this game, Bellingham will find himself in close spaces with Phil Foden as England play with two attacking midfielders through the middle behind striker and captain Harry Kane.

The width will come from the wing-backs in Bukayo Saka and Kieran Trippier.

There were concerns that Bellingham could be suspended for the match as UEFA launched an investigation into his celebratory gestures after scoring against Slovakia.

UEFA did issue a one-match ban for the Real Madrid ace, but stipulated that it could be served within a year of this decision and not immediately.

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Real Madrid defender set to stay after requesting to see out his contract

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Real Madrid welcomed four players back from loan this summer: Reinier, Rafa Marin, Juanmi Latasa, and Jesus Vallejo and bid goodbye to Marin already, while the others are expected to evaluate their futures with the club.

Vallejo joined Real Madrid in 2015, but he has primarily played on loan at other teams, including Real Zaragoza, VfB Stuttgart, Wolves, and Granada twice.

Having concluded his third stint at Granada, the player is back in the Spanish capital and now seeks a resolution over his future.

Jesus Vallejo held a meeting with Real Madrid’s hierarchy

Indeed, according to AS, Jesus Vallejo recently met with Real Madrid and made a request to fulfill the final year of his contract.

The club has opted not to exert pressure, leaving his future in his own hands: whether he decides to leave or stay, they support his decision.

Jesus Vallejo did not play much at Granada. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images)

After all, Vallejo has been with the club for several years, and Real Madrid intends to honour the wishes of one of the players who have been at the club for the longest time.

The 27-year-old centre-back was a part of the Real Madrid squad in the 2021/2022 season and played sparingly.

But he proved to be a dependable option when called upon and enjoyed a memorable performance in the Champions League against Manchester City as a late substitute.

Due to Real Madrid’s options at the back and the potential signing of Leny Yoro, Vallejo is unlikely to find regular game time if he opts to stay put.

Despite managing just three appearances for relegated Granada last season due to an injury, Vallejo looks forward to putting his physical woes behind him and starting afresh.

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