STOURBRIDGE’S "brilliant" Jude Bellingham took centre stage in England's 3-1 victory against Scotland at Hampden Park on Tuesday (September 12).

This match commemorated the nations’ first meeting 150 years ago and ended with England racking up their 49th win in this fixture thanks to a confident display.

Phil Foden quickly adjusted his feet to direct home the opener in the first half, with 20-year-old Bellingham capitalising on a wretched Andy Robertson pass to rifle home three minutes later.

The half-time scoreline did not flatter England, although Harry Maguire was teased mercilessly by the Scotland fans following his introduction and turned a Robertson cross into his own goal to lift the roof.

But home hopes of a comeback were short-lived as the visitors went up a few gears as the Real Madrid star set up skipper Kane to wrap up a comfortable friendly win.

On Bellingham, the England boss Gareth Southgate said: “We want all our players to have that freedom and, contrary to what people seem to think most of the time, I think they do have that.

“Tonight, different system they were playing against, different areas where the spaces were open.

“What was key for Jude, the timing of his forward runs. You know, he’s got that ability to slip through challenges and he’s just a brilliant competitor.

“He’s not concerned about the environment.”