STOURBRIDGE’S Jude Bellingham has thanked football fans for their love and support during the World Cup in Qatar after England bowed out of the tournament after a 2-1 loss to France.

The England squad’s star midfielder, who went to school in Hagley, shared his post tournament thoughts on Twitter.

He said: “This one will be painful for a very long time. The better team on the night went out, that’s football sometimes.

"Regardless, I’m so proud of the effort, fight and performance from my teammates over the course of the whole tournament.”

Jude, aged 19, who scored England’s first goal of the tournament as they thrashed Iran in their first match, added: “Thank you also to the fans for the love and support these past few weeks, stick with us even in this low moment as we use this experience to continue to grow as a team for future tournaments.

"Keep the faith, our time will come.”