Erling Haaland has sent a message to his Borussia Dortmund teammate Jude Bellingham after the England star set a European Championships record.

The 17-year-old was introduced into England’s opening game victory over Croatia at Wembley as a second half substitute in place of captain Harry Kane.

That means that the central midfielder has become the youngest ever player to appear at the finals, eclipsing the record set by Netherlands defender Jetro Willems in 2012.

The Dutch full-back set the record nine years ago as he played aged 18 years and 71 days, but Bellingham appeared on Sunday aged 17 years and 345 days.

England star Jude Bellingham has broken a Euro record
England star Jude Bellingham has broken a Euro record

Indeed, Bellingham is so young that he had not been born when veteran North Macedonian striker Goran Pandev - who scored his side’s goal against Austria later in the afternoon - had scored his first two international goals.

Bellingham has blossomed into a key played for Dortmund over the past season, having only joined the Bundesliga side from Birmingham City last summer.

Having enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in 2019/20 for Birmingham, his hometown club, he moved to Dortmund - who fought off fierce competition from Manchester United to land the central midfielder.

The teenager has become a mainstay in Dortmund’s starting line-up - making 46 appearances during the 2020/21 campaign and scoring four goals, including in his side’s Champions League quarter-final exit against Manchester City.

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Bellingham has seamlessly translated his superb club form onto the international stage, with Sunday afternoon his fifth cap for the Three Lions.

The midfielder looks set for a long and successful future in the game, where he is already well along the path to true stardom.

Dortmund are widely regarded as one of the best clubs in European football at developing promising young players and elevating their potential to the next level.

The German side’s most notable player is striker Erling Haaland, who has established himself as one of the sport’s most in-demand stars due to his phenomenal level of performance.

Haaland has scored 57 goals in just 59 appearances for Dortmund - whom he joined just seven months prior to Bellingham’s arrival at the club - and has found the back of the net 20 times across 16 Champions League appearances since the start of the 2019/20 season.

Now, the Norwegian superstar - whose nation failed to qualify for the Euro 2020 finals - has sent a message to his club teammate Bellingham after breaking the record.

Haaland took to Twitter to write: “ Congrats @BellinghamJude.

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Well deserved .”

Bellingham is highly likely to be strongly linked with a return to English football in the years to come due to his rising status.

Having been shown around the United training facilities by Sir Alex Ferguson as part of a charm offensive to lure him from Dortmund’s approaches a year ago, United will likely be continuing to monitor his future.