Teenager trib­ute Mid­fielder’s shirt re­tired… af­ter just 44 games

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Jude Belling­ham will be re­mem­bered with af­fec­tion by Birm­ing­ham City fans but even they were star­tled to dis­cover that the club had re­tired the 17-year-old’s No 22 shirt ahead of a move to Borus­sia Dort­mund.

The news was met with light-hearted dis­be­lief on so­cial me­dia given that the teenager had made only 44 ap­pear­ances, scor­ing four goals, yet was awarded the kind of trib­ute nor­mally re­served for club leg­ends.

Birm­ing­ham said they hoped the ges­ture would in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion, with Belling­ham hav­ing joined the club aged seven.

“The 22 shirt has be­come syn­ony­mous with Jude, his rise to the first team aged just 16 years and 38 days,” a state­ment read. “As such the club have de­cided it would be fit­ting to in­spire oth­ers.”

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