JOKER Jude Bellingham yesterday urged fans to bunk off to watch England’s march to World Cup glory.
The wonderkid, 19, scored in a stunning midfield display during the 6-2 demolition of Iran on Monday.
Millions bunked off work and school to watch the game in Qatar, which kicked off at 1pm UK time.
Jude was shown a clip of fans in a beer-chucking frenzy at London’s Box Park as his header went in.
The Stourbridge-born Borussia Dortmund star asked: “It would have been one o’clock there? Half one?”
He joked: “Sack it! Don’t go to work when we’re playing!
“This is what you love seeing really. This is why we play, especially when so far away from home.”
Jude — the first player born after 2000 to score in a World Cup — told how he was unable to sleep afterwards.
He said: “I’m coming down from the high now and focusing on the next game.
“It’s difficult to sleep to be fair — I was up all night.”
But he added: “We have to back it up with a good performance and a good win against America.”
A win on Friday will get the side to the knockout stage.
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