Gianfranco Zola couldn’t help but laugh at himself as he listened to his commentary from Jude Bellingham, live on talkSPORT.
The Chelsea legend, who made 312 appearances for the Blues between 1996 and 2003, went viral earlier this week after England secured qualification for Euro 2024.
The Three Lions came from behind to beat Italy, who Zola has represented 35 times, with a 3-1 victory, as Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford both found the net.
Bellingham, a 20-year-old Real Madrid star, has been praised for masterminding England’s comeback.
The midfielder spoke to Channel 4 after the match and Zola took the opportunity to let him know how impressive he was for his age.
However, things didn’t quite go as planned for Zola, leaving everyone angry as he joked that he was “still drinking his mother’s milk” at Bellingham’s age.
The 57-year-old joined talkSPORT Breakfast on Thursday, but before he started talking football with hosts Alan Brazil and Gabby Agbonlahor, the talkSPORT team decided to replay the hilarious moment for Zola.
“I thought your English was very good!” Alan Brazil laughed at the end of the clip.
Zola, who burst out laughing while listening again, said: “Yeah but sometimes I get lost in the translation! I did not mean that !
Laughing at her breast milk joke, he then took the opportunity to reiterate how amazed he was by Bellingham’s abilities.
“The fact is, I’m still very, very impressed with this young boy,” he continued. “Not only in the way he behaves on the pitch, but also in his maturity, his words, his composure.”
Italy had taken the lead at Wembley through former West Ham star Gianluca Scamacca after just 15 minutes and England’s lead quickly began to slip.
But Zola claims Bellingham stood out as England battled to build momentum into the game, adding the former Birmingham player was the driving force behind England’s first two goals.
He continued: “I tell you something, there are times in the game where things don’t go the way you want them to and the tendency is to accept that.
“There was one player who wasn’t giving up at that time, I noticed, and it was Bellingham. He created everything from nothing. Italy was doing very well, they controlled the match.
“But Bellingham himself created the first goal with an acceleration from the penalty spot. Then, on the second, he created another fantastic acceleration.
“I was really impressed and I wanted to let him know that,” he smiled. “But I didn’t expect that!”
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